Cherry Eye in Dogs: Symptoms and Diagnosis

What is It?

What is it? A prolapse of the third eyelid.

What Causes It?

Dogs have a third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid. This eyelid contains a gland that produces a significant portion of the eye’s lubricant tears. This condition is when the gland becomes dislodged and pops out.

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What Are The Symptoms?

  • Pink or red swollen mass on the inner corner of dog’s eye
  • Thick mucus production from the eye
  • Increased squinting
  • Pain

Is it Life Threatening?

No. However left untreated it can lead to dry eye, which can in turn result in loss of vision.

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How is It Diagnosed?

A veterinarian will do an ocular exam to diagnose and to check for secondary infection. It is important to make an appointment as soon as you notice an issue, this condition cannot correct itself. Leaving it untreated will result in infections, dry eye, or blindness.

What Are The Treatments?

A veterinarian will surgically replace the third eyelid. The gland should return to normal functioning within weeks of the surgery.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pup’s condition, please make an appointment with your veterinarian. Or, consult a virtual vet here.

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