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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.

Owner:
jamie norton
City:
port perry
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Type/Breed:
teddy bear
Date of Birth:
may 2000
Sex:
Male
Height:
3
Weight:
1
Coat Colour:
brown/white
Eye Colour:
brown

this is nikki. he is one old boy. he loves snacks and he hinks that fingers are snacks if they are put through the bars on his cage. but if you reach in through the top he loves to be petted. he likes to tell us he wants a treat (by squeaking loudly) when he hears the fridge open or a bag crumple.

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