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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:
Jessica Pigas
City:
montreal
Province, Country:
QC, Canada
Type/Breed:
tabby
Date of Birth:
april 6, 1990
Date of Death
august 23, 2004
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
17
Coat Colour:
grey/white/black
Eye Colour:
green

Sam was my best friend. I was 7 years old when I got him. I raised him and he was my baby. He was the smartest cat ever. He knew how to open doors, cupboards, and always wanted attention. After a long battle with diabetes we had to put him down. That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. He will always be remembered. His ashes in his little urn sit on my fireplace and I will always love him and remember him. Sam We LOVE YOU!

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