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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.

Raevyn Martin
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Chihuahua Yorkie cross
Date of Birth:
July 8, 2003
Coat Colour:
black, tan, white
Eye Colour:

I can do tricks like giving high fives and a tiny bit of agility. I'm  a very hyper, but have a sweet personality. I LOVE my cookies and squeeky toys. What I don't like is strangers and I tend to greet all clowns with the loudest growl I have... but I do not bite, my owner makes sure I do not. I don't like having baths but do enjoy a good swim in a puddle.
I miss my best friend... she was a cat named Blackie who had passed at the age of 21. She was like a mother to me.

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