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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.

Carol Povse
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
April 6, 1994
Date of Death
January 23, 2006
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Dear Pepper, we love you and miss you terribly.  You were the sweetest, gentlest soul and are missed by many.

I love you know and I will love you forever.  You age and heath and your difficulty walking robbed you of enjoying life so I held you as you took you last breath so that you could be free of your ailing body.  I wish I could still walk, pet and see you but know that I will see you again someday.

Nicky and Roman say hello.  We love you and so much more,  we are honoured that we were able to spend 12 years with you.

love always ... Mommie (Carol), Roman and Nicky.

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