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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.

Amanda Owens
Province, Country:
WI, United States
Jack Russell
Date of Birth:
Nov. 6 2008
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I am smart, sweet, energetic, and loyal. I used to run away and the dog catcher got me and said I was a stray so I lived at the shelter for a while. Then I met my new mommy and daddy and they rescued me. I have a brother named Prince, he is a Great Dane. There are alot of humans in my house too. I have a mommy and a daddy, two human sisters and two human brothers. I love to learn new tricks and run next to mommy when she rides her bike.

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