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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.

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I miss you napping on our bed and the way your meow's echoed ever so loud. from the moment i opened the front door and saw you, i just fell in love with you. i am so happy you adopted me. the tears i shed for you where moments of healing. nights are different without your purring. you where my friend. float away little one and make yourself equal to the universe. you are perfect and not alone. i hope to connect with you again. i will miss watching movies with you and how you would curl up in my lap. your life had value, you where a miracle. you gave me a reason to be human. trust your gifted path.

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