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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.

Aimee Taylor
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Domestice Shorthair
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
Sept 10th 2004
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Coat Colour:
Eye Colour:
green yellow

Olly was rescued from our garden and he was in a bad state when we took him in. Olly was flea ridden, skinner than you can believe and had the end of his tail missing due to a  racoon bite.    Olly was a fabulous cat and we fattened him up easily as  he loved to eat and eat! He slept every night between us under the cover taking up most of the bed and heat. Sunshine made him the happiest and most mellow cat in the world. 

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