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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.

Jamie Van Dusen
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Rottie/Australian Shepherd
Date of Birth:
March 1992
Date of Death
December 12,2005
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To my beloved friend and companion Tyson. I'll miss you everyday that I wake into this world, but will never forget the love and joy you brought to us all. You were truly the best dog/friend anyone could ask for. You'll be missed by us all until we meet again.

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