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Owner’s Guide to Cherry Eye in Dogs

Posted Dec 19 2010 2:16pm

All dogs have a special protective eyelid on the inside corners of their eyes that is normally not visible. Cherry eye in dogs is a condition that develops when this eyelid swells and comes out of its position. It can affect one eye or both of them at the same time. So, what exactly causes this condition?


The most common cause of cherry eye is weak tissue that connects the eyelid to surrounding parts of the eye. The tissue isn’t strong enough to hold the eyelid and place and allows it to drop out of position. Inflammation can also cause it to prolapse. In some cases, there is no known reason to explain the cause of the condition.


The most noticeable symptom of cherry eye in dogs is a red or pink mass extending from the inner corner of the eye. The affected eye may also produce a thick or watery discharge. The irritation usually causes dogs to scratch or rub at the eye, which may only cause more trauma to the gland.


Diagnosis of this condition is very straightforward. The veterinarian will visually inspect your dog’s eye to see if the eyelid has prolapsed. Both eyes need to be examined even if only one of them is seemingly affected.


Treatment of cherry eye in dogs usually begins with anti-inflammatory medications. This will help reduce any inflammation of the gland and conjunctiva. However, anti-inflammatory medications won’t cause the prolapsed gland to return to its normal position.

Most vets recommend that the affected gland is removed and replaced. There is also the option of simply removing the gland. However, since the gland aids in tear production, its removal may increase your dog’s risk of developing chronic dry eye.

Cherry eye is just one of many disorders that can affect your dog. There are many others such as dog hyperthyroidism and dog liver disease . provides a wealth of information for dog owners about many different diseases. So, stop by today to learn about some of these diseases that can affect your pet.

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