What is CHERRY EYE in dog?


What is CHERRY EYE in dog


Tear production and its drainage are vital for the health of outer eye which helps in maintaining normal wetness of eye and clearance of dirt and dust particles. Cherry eye is a common disorder in young dogs in which the tear-producing gland in the eye is thickened and slipped out of its proper place. In severe cases the slipped reddish mass swells and sticks out leading to the name cherry eye.


Which breeds are more commonly affected?

Cherry eye is commonly seen in

  • Cocker spaniel
  • Lhasa apso
  • Beagle
  • Bulldog
  • Pekingese


What are the causes of cherry eye in dogs?

Different causes include,

  • Hereditary
  • Inflammation of the gland, etc.


What are the symptoms exhibited by dogs having cherry eye condition?

Dogs having a cherry eye condition

  • may have mucus-like or pus-like discharge from the eyes
  • swelling may be present for a short period of time
  • tear-producing gland may remain dislocated


How to correct the condition?

Since major tear-producing gland is affected, your vet will want to preserve the same for normal health of the outer eye. This can be achieved by performing a delicate surgery along with supportive therapy.


What are the complications of cherry eye condition?

Dogs with cherry eye often develop dry eye condition in later stages. Correction of the condition either surgically or medically may still predispose dogs for a dry eye condition.


A healthy dog is a happy dog

Dr. Chandrashekhar Salimath

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