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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.

K Dexter
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
Feb 29, 1996
Date of Death
May 26,2008
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Bentley was my dog child. My great protector. Always underfoot when I was in the kitchen. I miss him greatly. He was taken too soon. I miss you my babe, I still see you in the shadows.

Just wanted you to know, we have a new addition. Bella, a long haired chihuahua. She is bringing new joy to my life. Still miss you Bentley, you'd have had fun with her.

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