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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.

Shelli MacLean
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Golden Lab
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1992
Date of Death
May 29, 2004
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Karma:    We had you with us for such a long time,  but it hardly seems long enough,  I miss you so much and would give anything to have you back,  even just for a minute, you were the best dog anyone could ever have and  although you're gone,  you will never be forgotten

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