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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.

Allie K
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Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Border Collie
Date of Birth:
February 14, 1990
Date of Death
April 6, 2005
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Sport was a very special dog. If you looked at him a certain way he would to a tap dance on our kitchen floor. He had very bad teeth and blocks in bloodstreams. Whenever we had a walk he would always lift his leg up on everything. One time he did it to me. But, on April 5 he didn't have the strength to do it. It was weird to see him do that. The next day I didn't even know that he was going to die that day. I didn't even get a chance to say good-bye because I didn't know. But, I did know that he was going to have a vet appointment that day. My dad was going to bring him. So, after school I went to my mom's work and my dad picked me up. I was really cheerful actually. I told my dad about my day all smiley and happy. But, when we got home he said he wanted to talk to me about somthing in the park across the street. He told me that when he was at the vet, the doctor said," He's suffering", and gave him the needle. He was crying when he did it. (And I'm crying right now) The only thing that we have memories of him is his collar and photos. But, the reason why Sport is really special is because if you noticed, he's born on Valentine's Day. The day of love.

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