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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.

Jessica Barkman
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
persian cat
Date of Birth:
October 31 1993
Date of Death
May 16 1996
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Shadow was my first pet, and I have been looking for almost 10 years for some way to pay tribute to him.  He was crazy as a kitten, dragging his sisters around the house by their heads, but calmed down as he got older.  He slept by my head every night, and I was his person.  He died too soon, from a UTI.  The medication didn't  help, and my parents couldn't afford the surgery, so they put him down [as he was in a lot of pain all the time].  I still miss him, and wish that I could scratch his ears just once more.

R.I.P. Shadow

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