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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:
Sheila Alagappan
City:
St. Catharines
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
Tabby
Date of Birth:
March 30, 1994
Date of Death
July 31, 2002
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
8
Coat Colour:
Brown with Stripes
Eye Colour:
Green

Wednesday,July 31,2002 was the day I let my beloved Cleopatra lay down to sleep. After 8 years and four months of being a loyal member of the family, Cleo became ill with heart and kidney problems. We tried all we could to make her well again.. at the end the illness won. I know the decision I made was difficult, but yet Cleo is in a better place now with no pain and suffering. We will always think of her and will always miss her... 'there is one pain I often feel, which you will never know...it is caused by the absence of you...' We love you always and forever, Cleopatra!

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