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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.

Warren Schnurr
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Guinea Pig
Date of Birth:
May 15, 1998
Date of Death
September 27, 2005
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Coat Colour:
Black/Cream Patches on White
Eye Colour:

Patches passed away in my company today after a week of suffering and hardship due to unknown illness, he is in a better place now.  Patches was a small white Guinea Pig with Black and Cream patches.  Patches was 7 years old, and was always the smallest of three, his brother Spot will be alone now.  Cage mate Fluffy passed away after 5 years at our home, just two weeks ago

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