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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.

Fanny and Joey Ruina
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Domestic Shorthair
Date of Birth:
Feb. 9, 1989
Date of Death
Sept. 10, 2007
Coat Colour:
Brown Tabby
Eye Colour:

To our beautiful Mingkie.

We will always love you and keep you in our hearts. We are lucky to have had you over 18 years.

You are our forever cat. Thank you for letting us love and care for you. I know you will be looking down on us till we see you again.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

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