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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.

Carlyn&Bruce Kessler
Province, Country:
CT, United States
Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth:
Feb. 18, 1998
Date of Death
March 17, 2003
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 Sammy Kessler  was a wonderful kind, gentle and friendly dog. Anyone who met him would say " There is something special about this dog." Unfortunately he died at young age, but was very loved and loving to everyone he met. His spirit and his love will always be with us.  We feel lucky to have known him. We love you Sammy !

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