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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.

Dorothy Rainey
Province, Country:
GA, United States
Lab/Begal Mix
Date of Birth:
4 months
Date of Death
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My little Roxy, What can I say..I fell in love with her the minute she first nipped at my feet.  Her sparkling blue eyes were her most noticable feature. Roxy was a very smart dog, even for her young life. She would look directly at you when you talked to her and she knew when she had done a no-no.  I remember how she would run and play with me outside and then when we came in she would go to her favorite spot and stretch out for a rest.  After resting she was ready for another round of play.  When I was too tired or it was to late to be outside, she would lay right at my feet and turn "Belly Up" for me to rub her tummy.. She loved for me to put her head between my feet and play with her floppy ears.  She seemed to say "Ahhh, thats just what I needed mommy".  After playing with me my husband would have a game of "Got your Nose"..It was so cute how she got frustrated and started to bark...But it was all in fun..because she know if she got to his toes she would win the battle.  My children loved for her to play chase, no matter where they ran she would always find them. Her good natured spirit will be missed the most because no matter how bad you felt, she would go out of her way to make you forget about what was troubling you.  I will miss her charging out of the door when I got home and racing to meet me by tugging at my pant leg.  And whenever we would go to the car she would always be the first one there even if she knew she couldn't go all the time.  The times she did go she would make her way to her favorite sightseeing spot, on my shoulder..As big as she had gotten, she always managed to sit on my shoulder so she could see the passing cars.  Im not sure what took her away from us but Im sure she was called to heaven to be someones Angel.  If it is true that God has a place for all good things when they die..then Im sure Roxy is probably sitting on God's shoulder watching the Angels pass by..  We love you Roxy and you will always be in our hearts, for the short time you were with us you taught us a lifetime of Love.

Dorothy, Rick, Breneda and Dee Dee. 

We miss you something terrible and know that someday we all will be together once again.

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