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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.

Barry Ruhl
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth:
May 12, 1995
Date of Death
October 14, 2008
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Ruhler came into our home when our other lab was getting older and we thought that it would be a companion for "Golden."  It worked out a bit except "Ruhler" would steal "Golden's" treats and the chase was on!  Ruhler came into my life when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was my "trainer" who accompanied me on my long walks in preparation for an operation.  We had a wonderful 13 plus years with Ruhler and have many fond memories and lots of pictures of her.  She'll be missed but never forgotten!

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