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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.

Barbara Hansen
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
February 15, 2000
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Buddy is the apple of our eyes. He was born in a barn but soon found the bathtub. Buddy sleeps in the bedroom and doesn't bark. Only when he wants in the house or there is a squirrel in the tree.
He likes to play ball, scoccer, basketball and he will play let's not go into the water. lol.
He loves kids, but is a big suck when it comes to playing and when he isn't included. Sits when he knows you have his leash waiting to go.....

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