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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.

C. Brandy Klimaszewski
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TX, United States
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Coat Colour:
Brown & White
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What can I say to make you understand how wonderful my dog was?  I can describe his coloring, and how I chose him at 6 weeks of age because of the brown spot on his head.  I can tell you how smart he was, and how he used to go into my Dad's pocket to get himself a biscuit.  I can let you know how it felt to be rewarded with his kisses, but you'll never know it for yourself.  All I really want to convey is that I miss my best friend more than I can put into words!         

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