All about Ziggy
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.
- Catherine Krueger
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- WI, United States
- Hahn's Macaw
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Ziggy Krueger, 3, died today in his cage, at home. Ziggy suffered a severe wing injury when he fell off of his perch. In the struggle to free his wing, Ziggy had a heart attack.
Ziggy was hatched in Madison, WI in 1999 to Mr. and Mrs. Hahns MacCaw. Later that same year he was adopted by Chris and Cathie Krueger and moved to Clintonville.
Some of Ziggy's favorite hobbies were bath time, talking and eating. He had accomplished the great feat of potty training by the time he was nine months old. He enjoyed chatting and squawking with his brother, BoBo, throughout the day. Greeting visitors with an 'I Love You', 'Hi' and 'Goodbye' were just some of Ziggy's charms. When he was pleased, he showed it by fluffing his feathers and 'growling'.
Ziggy was preceded in death by a few sibling fish; a brother, Simba's Lucky Star Krueger; two aunts, Miss Kitty, and Whitey Carroll, DeSoto, MO; and a cousin, Shelly Wickerham, Ballwin, MO. He is survived by his parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. He leaves behind two sisters and a brother; Molly Krueger, Kitty Krueger and BoBo Krueger.