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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.

Jennifer Gerard
Province, Country:
CA, United States
Golden Retriever
Date of Birth:
May 16, 2003
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I'm one happy go lucky guy. Born at Guide Dogs For the Blind, Inc. in San Rafael, California I had big plans, but they didn't work out. I was trained for 18 months to do Guide Work, but when I went up for formal training they found out I had arthritis and hip dyphasia. Well, I came home to play and have fun. I love children and hope to be a therapy dog someday. I'm not mature enough for that yet. Maybe in a couple of years.
I like stuffed toys, bones, balls; you name it. I think ice cream is a food group.
Most of all I love children and am quiet and well behaved around the littlest ones.
Life is good!

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