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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.

wendy Zachariewicz
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 Duke was a wonderful dog. We got him just before his 5th birthday. His former owners said they didn't have enough room for him. He had been kept locked up in the garage when they weren't home and at night. He came right to us when we went to see him. We took him home with us right away and never regretted it. He loved children and was very friendly. The school bus driver, mailman and ups man all brought him treats. We had him for 8 years and loved every minute. He died in my arms at the vets rather than suffer with cancer. We will miss him always.

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