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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.

Denise Tarrence
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Teacup Yorkie
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April 14, 2007
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Physically ,and in stature our Bammer was petite, but in his mind he was a lion!  He was a little rescue dog we took into our home just a little over a year ago.  It was love at first sight!  He gave us so much more than we could ever give him.   He was definitely Dad's boy.  We will never know what he experienced in his life before he came to us, but from day one he was adored and doted with hugs and kisses.  He crossed the bridge today, there is no more sickness or pain.  I can imagine our little man running in a sunny meadow, full of energy, entertaining the angels with his antics.  He will remain forever more in our hearts and minds.  Bam we will miss you each and every day.  Rest in peace little man, someday we will all reunite.  Love and kisses, Your Mom & Dad

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