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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.

Crystal Thames
Province, Country:
LA, United States
shih tzu/ pomeranian mix
Date of Birth:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
reddish blonde
Eye Colour:
dark brown

I am a moma's boy.  I follow her around all the time.  I require lots of attention, but it is not my fault, my family just spoils me.  I love bones.  I can chew on them all day long.  I have a bone that is as big as me.  I carry that bone around with me everywhere, I even sleep on it.  I love to give kisses.   I got the bone for my birthday.  I had a birthday party.  I love cake and icecream.  I may not be pure bred, but  I am proud.  There is no other dog in the world quite like me.

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