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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.

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Lhasa Apso
Date of Birth:
Sept 23 2001
Date of Death
July 11 2008
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Miko (Baby Girl) sadly left us July 11 2008 at 5 pm after developing a spleen tumor that started late spring 2008 , she never complained and was always happy , her last day was filled with tons of love and attention , a long walk , her favorite treats and a bowl of swirls ice cream.. Miko we will not forget you and we will miss you dear..


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