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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.

alexis equinoa
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CA, United States
border collie corgi mix
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09 13 08
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19 yrs by my side the most loyal truest friend i have ever known.I am trying to be strong but my heart is broken,you never turned your back on me and always comforted me with a warm loving heart just happy to be next to me.thank you for all the memories and yrs.you made my life that much more enjoyable and gave me strength and companionship.may you rest in piece you gave more than i could ever have asked for lil guy.....

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