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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.

Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Lhasa Apso
Date of Birth:
October 3 1987
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
beige & white
Eye Colour:

We got Cookie at Christmas in 1987 and she got her name because she begged us for the shortbread cookies when we were eating them
She is very dedicated to us and we love her very much.  She grew up alongside our youngest daughter Lora who is 23 and misses her an awful lot because she moved to Vancouver.  Lora used to enter her in the Fair dog show and they won ribbons!  Cookie loves to do tricks although she can't do as many as she used to.
She hears very little which is hard because she used to love to hear our different expressions in our voice and respond to them eagerly.  She also has cataracts so she can't see as good.
Our oldest daughter Lisa and husband have a 2 year old daughter  that Cookie is getting used to and they are friends (unless Mia steps on her toes or something unexpected!)  Mia loves to try to pet her.
During the day Cookie loves to sit in her bed on the window seat in the front of the house watching all that goes on outside.
Cookie likes to go to bed at 9pm and cries till we go to bed because she likes to sleep at the foot of our bed.
It's hard to see your pet slowing down but it's a blessing each day to still have her companionship and love and dedication and hope it will be for many more years yet.

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