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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.

Julia Bouchard
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Rabbit / Holland Lop
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Agouti & White
Eye Colour:

Pogo was unfortunatly, cruelly abused the first 3 years of her life.  Due to these circumstances she was a very unfriendly and unpleasant bunny.  No one wanted her and she jumped from one home to another, until I met her.  After years of providing her with love, support, and comfort she finally stared to trust again.  I tried my best to give her the world.  She will be sadly missed and loved forever.   

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