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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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Province, Country:
BC, Canada
Siberian Husky
Date of Birth:
Jan 12th, 2002
Coat Colour:
black & white
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Hi All, My name is Dakota and I am a 10 months old male Siberian Husky. I love to wake up my Mommy & Daddy in the middle of the night with my sing-song or to chase my buddy "Leika" through the house (I also enjoy eating from her bowl of food). When I am not watched by my Mommy I also enjoy chewing on the sneakers that she usually tries to hide from me...

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