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Cherry Eye is a condition in which your dog’s third eyelid slips out of place and creates a red swollen bubble in the eyelid membrane of the eye. Cherry eye is usually located in the lower right rim of the eye. Cherry Eye is most common in dogs under the age of two, but can certainly develop in adult dogs as well

Dogs have 3 eyelids, the upper, the lower and the third eye lid which is often unseen and is connected to the lower right portion of the eye. A strong third eyelid will remain connected. If the third eyelid is weaker than it should be it has the potential to stretch, slide and “pop” out from the eye causing Cherry Eye. It is unclear what cause Cherry Eye other than the weakness and movement of the third eyelid membrane.

What do I look for in Cherry Eye?

Cherry Eye is very noticeable with its coloration and bulging. It can cause irritation and discomfort for your dog where they may scratch at it. Scratching will only make the eye more irritated and inflamed.

Treatment for Cherry Eye

If not treated properly the prolapsed gland can lead to more hazardous issues that can affect your dog’s vision in the long run. It’s advised to seek medical attention from your vet if your dog appears to have Cherry Eye. It’s crucial to listen to what the vet has to say, considering the treatment of Cherry Eye can lead to chronic dry eye, another ailment that requires eye drops or other medications of some sort.

Breeds Most Likely to get Cherry Eye

Just as our genetics work, there are different breeds of dogs that are more susceptible to certain health issues. The list below details some of the breeds that are more prone to Cherry Eye than others:

  • Bulldog
  • Bull Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bloodhound
  • Beagle
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Lhapso Apso
  • Saint Bernard
  • Shar-Pei

Sources: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/01/04/how-to-recognize-and-treat-cherry-eye-in-your-dog.aspx

http://www.petcarerx.com/article/what-causes-cherry-eye-in-dogs-and-cats/1642

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