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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.

Dee,Scott,&Gina Paul
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OH, United States
German Shepard
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Runt was a VERRRRRRRY important part of our family. He and my daughter have grown up together. He passed away the day after her 16th birth day. Runt was gentle,excellent with people,a protector and a friend. He never hurt anyone. He is truly missed. He was the first pet I ever had.He use to sit on my lap like a baby when he was little and he thought he could still sit on my lap as an adult dog.I had surgery 2 years ago and he sat at my feet when ever he came in the house. Runt will be missed for a very long time. We will always love him. I am greatful for the time we had with him and for the fact that we were able to be with him when his life came an end. I hope he nows how much we miss and love him. Runt is another angel watching over me and my family.

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