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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.

Don Heinz
Province, Country:
MA, United States
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
First green, then blue.
Eye Colour:
what eyes?

Sarah Lee was such a good oobleck.  She oozed happily, and beared all the hugs and squeezing we bestowed upon her.  She was well loved.

Then her lushious green coat began to turn blue.  I don't know why, but it did.  The whole family was devistated as she fell ill.  The local vet couldn't do anything because he didn't treat ooblecks.  Neither did our family doctor.  Of course, we didn't expect her too but we asked anyway.  The kids cried every night.

We were as desperate to try better hygiene, but that didn't even work.  One diagnostic specialist thought she had not eaten enough and died form an only water diet. He assured us that a stetady food supply would repair our beloved in no time.  THe kids believed it too.

Unfortuantely, Sarah Lee refused the food and died only a while later.  It makes us as a family realize just how precious a loved one is.  Our child wanted to hold onto the body, but we assured her it wasn't hygienic.  Then she said "hygiene didn't do a thing for Sarah Lee, so why should I care?"  The whole family was deeply wounded by the experience. 

We held the service the very day of her death.  We decided to give her a watery grave, because Sarah Lee loved water.  So much, in fact, that she forgot about food. 

Due to the traumatic experience of first hand death, the family member that cared the most (our baby girl) has refused to speak about any other ooblecks.  We are going to a breeder tonight to purchase another one so that our darling can once again be joyful.  We believe that the whole family will benefit from another bundle of joy entering our lives.

We, the Heinz family, will always remember our little Sarah Lee.  However, it is time to move on.  We will call our next oobleck Tre due to our son's recent obsession with greenday.

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