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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:
Dana Kollmann
City:
Catonsville
Province, Country:
MD, United States
Type/Breed:
Springer Spaniel
Date of Birth:
June 11, 1991
Date of Death
June 18, 2006
Sex:
Female
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
54
Coat Colour:
Liver&white
Eye Colour:
green

Baby Jade,


Today I held you for the last time.  I scratched your ears and rubbed your shoulders just the way you like it as you drifted off to a much better place.  I promised you that we would always be friends to the end, and we truly were - right until the last moment.  My heart will forever have a hole in it and I don't think I will ever be the same.  I love you so, so, so much and I know you loved me just as much.  Oh baby Jade...Please, please know that I loved you with every ounce of my being. I will see you again one day and will be there to scratch your ears and rub your shoulders. I can't wait to see you hop around again one day as I call out, "Mommy's home!"


 


 

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