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Cherry eye in dogs – Pet tip 122

Any owner of a dog who has had “cherry eye” will tell you that it is not a pretty sight. Perhaps you have witnessed it yourself and have seen the large red mass bulging out of the inner corner of a dog’s eye, from which the name ‘cherry eye’ originated. While not the most visually appealing condition (for the owners or the afflicted dog), cherry eye is actually a fairly common and benign occurrence in many breeds of dogs.

Though it may appear somewhat like a tumour or even an awfully big bug bite, the ‘cherry’ on your dog’s eye is actually a prolapsed (or popped out) gland. Known by veterinarians as the nictitans gland, this gland is present in the third eyelid of dogs and aids in the production of tears. Unlike humans, many animals possess this third eyelid which closes horizontally across the eye to provide extra protection and moisture.

Bernadine Dotson
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VA, United States
Dog/Cocker Spaniel
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I got Rudy when he was just a puppy. He had blonde hair and curly long ears.  He was such a smart dog.  You could teach him just about anything.  He would bark, sing, shake, lay down, roll over and play dead on command.  I lived on Lake Anna and he loved to ride the jet ski with me.  If I left him on the shore he would swim out and meet me.  The first time I took him for a ride in the car on the back country roads he threw up in my car but everytime after that if you opened the car door to get in he would jump in and was ready to go anywhere.  He aged over the years and I had to finally make the decision to have him put to sleep when I came home and he was almost non-responsive to me.  He had catarart in his eyes, couldn't walk without falling over, couldn't hear well and many other things.  I wanted to be selfish and keep him here with me but I couldn't watch him suffer.  I held him all the way to the Animal Hospital while continually telling him that I loved him.  They put him to sleep and my husband and I brought his body back home and buried him in the back yard.  He was absolutely the best pet I've ever had and I shall never forget him.  I've thought about getting another dog but I don't think I can right now.  I'm not sure I could love the new one as much as Rudy and I'm not sure I would want to.  Letting go of him was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.  I've tried to explain to people how your pet becomes a member of your family and when they die it's almost like your son or daughter died but I think only people who have pets are capable of understanding this.  I miss Rudy and think of him often, never without shedding a tear.

If tears could build a stairway

and memories a lane

I would walk right up to heaven

and bring you home again.

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