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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.

Beverly McDonough
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Province, Country:
IN, United States
Pit Bull mix
Date of Birth:
Aug. 4, 2002
Date of Death
Mar. 19, 2006
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You were the most loving, adoring dog I've ever known. You never wanted me to be unhappy and always did comical things to make me laugh. I miss you licking my face a dozen times a day. If you only would have come to me when I called to you, you'd be alive today. The police don't give a Pit Bull a second chance. It was those puffy cheeks that I loved that got you shot. I will always miss you and remember how special you were to our family.

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