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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.

Owner:
Andria Gordon
City:
Toronto
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Whippet / American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
Date of Birth:
Unknown ( ~January 2000)
Sex:
Female
Height:
23
Weight:
50
Coat Colour:
brindle & white
Eye Colour:
brown

Hi, my name is Siris. I'm a mutt - the vets think I am part whippet and part american staffordshire terrier. My mom rescued me from a shelter out in the sticks - I was about to be sold for research.  I love walks, chasing balls, tugging on ropes, and lounging around with my family, oh and people. All people. I'm an energetic little girl - I'm already three, but I have no intention of slowing down any time soon. I'm getting over separation anxiety - I still get anxious sometimes if I'm left alone, especially in a new place.  When my mom takes me to work, I freak out if she even goes to use the washroom. I live with a cat named Felix who likes to give me a hard time.  I'm in the Annex area in downtown Toronto. Maybe I'll see you in the park!

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