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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.

Holly Swanson
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IL, United States
Golden Retriever
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Sonny is such a goofball! He loves to act silly and make people laugh. He's also a big cuddlebug. This boy is so sweet, he is totally kid-safe and has never even growled at someone. He was abused before he came to us at 6mo of age, but is getting over his shyness nicely and has learned to trust. The breeder who sold him to us was going to use him for breeding, but had to move. Incredibly smart dog, we love him to death. Update: Sonny has allergies, and is now on Benedryl :o(
We had Sonny fixed in order to not contribute to the 16,000 homeless pets killed each DAY simply because of lack of homes. PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER!

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