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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:
AE Goff
City:
Rochester
Province, Country:
MN, United States
Type/Breed:
St. Bernard
Date of Birth:
June 21, 2000
Sex:
Female
Height:
24
Weight:
100
Coat Colour:
Mahogany & White w/Black Mask
Eye Colour:
Brown (?)

Kewpie is an adorably big and cuddly LAP-CAT (she doesn't know she's really a St. Bernard).  She was named because of her baby-ish personality, like a Kewpie doll.  She likes to play Sheriff at the dog park and make all the rowdy labs and goldens behave themself.  She does not tolerate loud barking and running around like a fool.  Someone at a dog park told me that was called the "sheriff" mentality -- she definitely has it.  Around our house, if I am yelling at my daughter (teenager, i.e., a lot of yelling), she comes running and wants me to STOP. 
p.s. sometimes I have to put Kewpie in another room, if I'm really on a roll with the teenager (ha).

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