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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:
M.J. Dickinson
City:
Halifax
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Type/Breed:
Yorkie
Date of Birth:
January 7 ,1991
Date of Death
July 22,2003
Sex:
Male
Height:
5
Weight:
6
Coat Colour:
Balck And tan
Eye Colour:
brown

Shadee was the most patient dog who ever lived.he loved to snuggle and he loved to swim in the pool where he lived.Shadee would follw his mom anywhere and wanted to be loved and held.He was always ready when anyone arrived to greet them but made sure everyone else was greeted first.He was never aggressive enough to push in.Shadee left a hole in my heart and I still cry when i think of him.He died on my birthday one year ago  .....

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