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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.

Diane Faucher
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Domestic shorthair
Date of Birth:
March 8 1992
Date of Death
Sept. 6 2006
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Dusty was a special cat.I was there when she came into this world and I was there when she died. She was 14 1/2 yrs old .Unfortunatley she became too ill for me to help her and I had to have her euthanized. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I will miss her terribly. She leaves behind two "brothers" Bandit and Trouble who miss her too. "Rest in peace Dusty , we will be together again someday "

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