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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.

Christine Parks
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Terrier Mix
Date of Birth:
Date of Death
April 1998
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Tan with a white-tipped tail
Eye Colour:

Joey was my best friend growing up.
My dad rescued him - he was on his last day at the Humane Society. We never knew what kind of dog he was, but you could not find a more loyal friend. He slept with me when I was sick, sat and comforted me when I cried, and was so full of life. He loved our weekends at the trailer and was very protective of our family.
He was with our family for 13 long and happy years before he had to be euthanized due to a series of illnesses. I know he's watching over us everyday, and we miss him very much.

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