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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.

Sean Pinnegar
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ON, Canada
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August 4, 2009
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Sassy came to us as a kitten that was born under our back porch. She looked like a fluffy cotton ball, white as snow. She earned her name by scratching her owners lip the moment he held her up close, and from that moment on she was known as Sassy. She was a reclusive cat and rarely ventured out of her favourite room, however she was very vocal and loved to be pet. She was taken from us far too soon and we will all miss her. We love you Sassy, RIP.Sassy

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