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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.

Heidi Dahms Foster
Prescott Valley
Province, Country:
AZ, United States
Australian Shepherd
Date of Birth:
Feb. 3, 2004
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Here is Ruby, a red tri Australian Shepherd born Feb. 3, 2004. She is the daughter of my nearly 11-year-old Aussie Robbie. She is shown here winning Best of Breed puppy at her very first dog show in Arizona. She seems to want the whole world to know that she is something special! Shown with Ruby is her excellent handler, Patricia Aranda, who also showed her father Rob and kennelmate Imij to many nice wins.

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