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Pet Tip

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.

Owner:
Bruce Gartrell
City:
Richmond
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Type/Breed:
Jack Russell Terrier
Date of Birth:
January 10, 2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
11
Weight:
14
Coat Colour:
white/brown
Eye Colour:
dark brown

Buddy loves playing with his neighbourhood dog friends every night after supper. One time he was chased around with two balls in his mouth he'd stolen from friends. Buddy dislikes gas station attendants pumping gas. We bought Buddy sight unseen. When we went to pick him up at 8 weeks, and he came waddling out to greet us, we couldn't stop laughing at how small he was. He was only 4 1/2 pounds. Even though he now weighs 14 pounds, he's still cute and we love him very much.

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