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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.

Dorothy Childers
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Province, Country:
IN, United States
Long Haired Cat
Date of Birth:
April 1986
Date of Death
April 18 2002
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Momma's little girl.
I miss you so much baby.
You were my first love.
Words can not say the loss i feel for you every day.
The Rainbow Bridge was waiting for you, although, I was never ready to give you up.
I know you are watching over us here on earth. Play and have fun until we meet again sweet heart.
Love You Always

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