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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:
Susan Mulliford
City:
Albany
Province, Country:
GA, United States
Type/Breed:
Toy Poodle
Date of Birth:
June 2006
Sex:
Female
Height:
10
Weight:
9
Coat Colour:
gray
Eye Colour:
brown

She has the sweetest personality. She is my little traveling companion. She is a rescue story. Someone just left her at the place where my dad works, out in the country, and no one claimed her. So we kept her. And she was exactly what I wanted in a dog. Though I have no papers, people agree she is a true toy. She goes just about everywhere with me. People can give me weird looks, but they just don't know what a bond we share.
"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'" ~ Dave Barry

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