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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.

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Suzie came from the Owen Sound Animal Shelter
I have been the volunteer webmaster with the Owen Sound Animal Shelter (519) 372-1123 or email in Owen Sound for over a year. During that time, I have updated and enhanced the original web site and helped to get the word out about what a great Shelter Renee and Todd run.
I also do volunteer work on another web site for the Society for Animals in Distress - SAD who help animals in Elliot Lake, ON P5A 2T1 (705) 461-3197 or email
February of this year, I went to the Shelter to find out about updates for the web site and I was asked by one of the volunteers to walk Suzie. When I returned from our walk, I said I wanted to adopt her. She is such a nice dog and a great friend. She also gets along very well with our cat.
Suzie accompanies me to work at Wiggins Accounting and Financial Services every day. She has become a very good companion at break time.
I never would have thought to adopt an older dog. I had adopted a puppy from a Shelter a long time ago, but now that I have Suzie, I would adopt another older dog in a flash.



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