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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.

Terri Bennett
Province, Country:
TX, United States
Chow/English Springer Spaniel
Date of Birth:
January 1991
Date of Death
April 16 2006
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Eye Colour:
Amber Brown

I Thank You Friend

for being ever faithful and vigilant

for your love and undying devotion

for your patience when I clearly lacked the same

for the furry shoulder you let me cry on

for keeping my secrets and never judging

for 15 years of protecting me

even from myself.

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