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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.

Helena Goertzen
Meadow Lake
Province, Country:
Not Provided
Date of Birth:
October 1993
Date of Death
May 18 2004
Coat Colour:
Chocolate Point
Eye Colour:

Oscar came into my life as a second pet, a companion for Sputnik my Himalayan/Manx.  He brought great joy into the house and kept Sputnik on his toes.  He was the lover, the cuddler, the greeter.  I will miss him dearly and I know that Sputnik misses him desparetly.  His wide blue eyes and his funny little meow when he would greet me at the door will always be missed.

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