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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.

carol peard
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
Oct 1999
Date of Death
April 30, 2008
Coat Colour:
Black & Tan
Eye Colour:

Tia was my best friend for 9 yrs. when she was diagnosed with cancer In Feb 08 and passed away Apr. 30, 08. She was a big beautiful Rottie who loved eveyone. Her favorite toy was a rock that she would play with for hrs. She loved to swim and we walked for miles together everywhere. I miss her very very much and i cant believe its been close to a yr. that she's been gone.

R.I.P. Tia and have fun over the Rainbow Bridge

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