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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.

Julie Heldsinger
Province, Country:
ON, Canada
Date of Birth:
April 18, 2008
Date of Death
Sunday March 28 2010
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Silly Lucilly was the most unbelievable rat and we were extremely lucky to have had her for almost 3 years.  She had a very shaky start to life but soon grew into a most treasured family member.  She will missed very much and seeing that she is irreplaceable, my ratty colony ended today.  I know you have reunited with Brutus, Pullo, Sammy and Dean (your mom and dad and  brothers).

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