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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.

Alison MacDonald
Province, Country:
AB, Canada
Terrier cross
Date of Birth:
c. 2006
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I joined Pepper, Tigger and Alison in October 2009. They found me with SNAP and not much history. I'm a very friendly boy, love all people and animals and expect them all to love me too. If there's a lap around it's mine, even if someone else gets there first. Next to laps, my favorite thing is to be outside and to leap through the air and run as fast as I can. I always come back though. Alison says I'm pretty smart, but I don't look before I run and I find ways to get out of the yard so she has to keep an eye on me all the time.

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