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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.

diane gilker
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
OCT 15 94
Date of Death
JAN 10 04
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To my wonderful friend, thank you for sharing your life with us. You are sadly missed by everyone. It was a cold sunny day when we lay you beneith the ground, under a tree in your favorite place to be. Now you can run forever in your happy place, free of pain, suffer no more my friend. They said it was the right thing to do, but how we miss you. I kissed your forhead when they said you were gone and said goodbye, until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge. Sleep in peace my beautiful boy. I love you always.

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