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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.

Allen Thorpe
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In Loving Memory of Honeybear Thorpe
11/29/89 - 09/03/03

We love you baby bear and we miss you so much. You're at peace, in eternal rest, and not suffering anymore. You were always a good little girl, "Daddy's little baby", such a beautiful little dog. Heaven now has two of our fur babies just over the Rainbow Bridge... you and Snooper. You two take care of each other and play... just as you two did when you were young. We will see you two again one day. For now, you will forever be in in our hearts and alive in our memories. We love you.

Your loving family,
Daddy, Mama, Kimberly, James, Kobe, Coco and Champ 

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