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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.

Neil Van Dusen
Lower Sackville
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Date of Birth:
May13, 1995
Date of Death
March 31st, 2006
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Princess was a loyal and fun loving dog, she would play like a puppy, but protect like a soldier. She hated cats, mailmen, delivery pesonel, and oil truck drivers. She only barked when prompted, or to warn of strangers. She was kind, loving, and loved to be scratched, chase balls, go for rides in any vehicle, and any kind of food. She holds the record for most craps in one walk, a record that may never be broken. She will be sorely missed.

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