How to deal with dog’s cherry eye


Cherry eye

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What is cherry eye?

Cherry Eye is a disorder common in dogs, also called the third eyelid, or eyelid protrusion. It is the weakening, stretching, or detachment of the anchoring tissue on the ocular gland. This gland is mostly responsible for the production of tears while the membrane protects the cornea. This condition typically affects dogs under the age of 2 years.

How to detect cherry eye?

In all cases you will see a red mass popping out of the dog’s eyes. It can be found in both of the eyes or one eye only. But it is visible and you will be able to identify it once you see it.

Causes and prevention

Unfortunately this condition cannot be prevented as experts still are unsure of what causes it in the first place.

Is it dangerous? And how does it affect your dog?

The condition is not dangerous. However it must be treated to prevent secondary infections that might include:

  • Inflammation
  • Irritation
  • Swelling
  • Dryness
  • Over production of tears
  • Vision Impairment

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Treatment of the cherry eye can be one of two surgeries, either to remove the gland or to replace it. In most cases the replacement of the gland is recommended more often, because it is essential in tear production. There are medications that can be given to your dog but mostly they reduce inflammation and irritation but they don’t treat the problem.

Simple home remedy that can help with the occurrence of the cherry eye

The method that will be explained now depends on relaxing and gentle massaging of the gland.


  1. Grab and small clean towel/cloth and damp it with warm water.
  2. Calm your dog and have him sleep on his/her side with the cherry eye visible.
  3. Put the warm cloth on the infected eye to warm it.
  4. Remove the cloth and gently move your thumb on the infected eyelid and without putting pressure from the center of the eye to the corner near the nose.
  5. Repeat a couple of times until you see the mass move back into the eye.

This method may or may not work depending on the condition of the dog, and remember to keep calming your dog while you fix the infected eye.

Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: Oldtownhome , Pet Wave , Pet MD

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