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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:
Ashleigh Halliday
City:
Mount Pearl
Province, Country:
NF, Canada
Type/Breed:
Cat
Date of Birth:
01/10/1985
Date of Death
12/17/2003
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
7
Coat Colour:
Black and White
Eye Colour:
Green

Muffin, you were not only my best friend but my life. I miss you everyday and not a day goes by that i don't think of you. I will miss you forever but your memories grow stronger in my heart. I love you.

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