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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.

Montana Harris
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Black Lab/Airdale mix
Date of Birth:
January 16 1997
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Hi, My name is Nelson, named after the great Horatio Nelson, who was in my owners family. Now let me talk about myself: Likes: I like to sleep, eat, poop in the neighbours yard, and get wet in the ocean. Dislikes: I dislike it when my owner gets mad at me, carrots, staying outside beacause my owner had my hair shaved off, being stepped on by grandpa. Pet Peeves: Crows, not being fed on time, and having to get out of bed. Favourite Lounging Spot: Wherever my owner is. Most Embarrassing Moment: Can you say Ocean Enima? Cherished Moment: Being rescued from the SPCA.  Well, goodbye for now! Love, From: Nelson 

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