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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.

Peter Copus
Province, Country:
NS, Canada
Lab/Old English Sheep
Date of Birth:
June 1993
Date of Death
June 2008
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Cleo enjoyed life right to the last day of her life. She travelled the world with us from Canada to Italy where we lived for 3 years. There she travelled with us all through Europe, from climbing the alps to digging rocks out of the sandy beaches of Sicily. Cleo was a true Lab, a water dog who could not bypass a puddle, lake or river. Water was made to hold rocks, rocks were man made toys which she would immerse herself into to retrieve. Cleo spent many a day at the beach in Queensland NS retrieving rocks. Im sure her spirit is there now collecting rocks and resting in the sun. Cleo will be deeply missed, she will always have a special place in our hearts.

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