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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.

Mary Ann Pretula
Province, Country:
BC, Canada
American Pit Bull
Date of Birth:
October 2, 1998
Date of Death
March 11, 2009
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Maggy, our wonderful, courageous girl fought cancer for the past 9 months.  I call her "The Divine Miss M".  She was brave and loving, wagging her tail right up until the last morning at all the "little people" (children) we would meet on our daily walks through the woods.  She especially loved to linger at the babbling brooks and dive for rocks (not sticks) and proudly retrieve them upon the beach waiting patiently for yet another and another to splash, sink and be saved by her.  Our family, her brothers and sisters, especially her Mommy, miss her desperately! 

Thank you Miss Maggy for letting us share our lives with you for the past 10 years.  We love you!!


Until we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge!

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