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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:
Lizzie Prokop
City:
Not Provided
Province, Country:
TX, United States
Type/Breed:
tabby
Date of Birth:
february 96
Date of Death
june 7 2004
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
mix
Eye Colour:
Not Provided

My beloved Snookums. It was so hard for me to let you go, you suffered so much from your feline leukemia. Im sorry i had to put you down, it was one of the hardest decisious ive ever had to make and i couldnt watch you hurt any more. I love you and miss you and hope you can help me move on.

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