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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.

Owner:
Arlene Shousterman
City:
Waterloo
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Lab/chow.shepard X
Date of Birth:
May 1994
Date of Death
May 2004
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Red
Eye Colour:
Brown

Kallie was a stray that rescued a family and then a community.
She came to live with us shortly after Christmas 1994. 
A brutally cold winter and because of the neglect she 
suffered she had no winter coat. Kallie was such a bad dog we
had to wake her up to tell her she was good! She brought calmness 
and peace to a family with two young teens. She was the 
inspiration for our community's leash free dog park. 
She was someone's throw away dog. In truth she was an angel 
dog that made a difference in the lives of many people and 
pets. Her legacy lives on at the dog park! We know you are 
in heaven!

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