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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:
donald thomas
City:
kingston
Province, Country:
PA, USA
Type/Breed:
chow/cocker mix
Date of Birth:
10/1986
Date of Death
01/26/07
Sex:
Female
Height:
12
Weight:
25
Coat Colour:
brown/black
Eye Colour:
brown

Sasha, Thank you for the great pleasure you have brought into our lives. Today was the hardest day of my life but you now suffer no more and are with Dad and God. You can see and hear again nad your youth has been restored. I have never had such a loving ,loyal dog. I will miss the pleasure you brought to me and everyone else. We will be together again someday and will once again frolick at he beach.

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