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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.

Lea Gadesi
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ELVIS My Boy, My Boy
I always knew that you were a gift from god.
You were just the sweetest little boy. When you passed away too soon,
on that terrible night, my heart went to heaven with you.
I wish I could hold you and kiss your pumpkin nose right now,
but I will have to wait till my time on earth is finished and I will look for you as I
reach those golden gates as I know you will be looking for me and we will
run and play and throw the ball and it will be just as if we had never parted.
Rusti and Daddy miss you too.

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