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Cute Name, Not-So-Cute Condition: Cherry Eye In Dogs

cherry eye in dogs

As a pet parent you probably notice a lot of little things about your pup; when their nose is dry, a change in appetite or a sore paw, but have you ever noticed that your dog has three eyelids? Like humans, dogs have an upper and lower eyelid but they also have a special third eyelid which we rarely see. Lacking opposable thumbs or the ability to wipe their eyes, dogs have developed this third eyelid which acts like a wipe to clear the eye of dust and debris and provide extra moisture to protect the eye. While this third eyelid is necessary, occasionally it can enlarge and pop out – resulting in a condition known as Cherry Eye.

Obviously it can be alarming to suddenly see a large red blob protruding from your precious pooch’s eye, so we’ve got a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Cherry Eye in dogs.

What is Cherry Eye?

Cherry Eye in dogs is when the gland in the third eyelid prolapses and creates a small, oblong red bulge which protrudes out of the corner of one or both eyes.

What causes Cherry Eye?

No one knows exactly what causes Cherry Eye. What we do know is that the connective tissue around the tear gland weakens resulting in the gland prolapsing and protruding from the eye.

Which dogs get Cherry Eye?

While there are no known links between genetics and Cherry Eye, the following dogs are more prone to Cherry Eye:

  • Small dogs
  • Dogs aged 6 months to 2 years
  • Certain breeds including: Newfoundlands, Bloodhounds, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Shar-Peis, Shih Tzu, Beagles, Pekingese, Lhasa apso, Miniature Poodles and Neapolitan Mastiffs

Should owners worry?

While Cherry Eye in dogs can be unattractive, it usually isn’t uncomfortable or painful for the dog and rarely is it life-threatening; however it is important to consult with your vet immediately to prevent any permanent damage including vision impairment or blindness. Besides cosmetic reasons, your vet may recommend treatment on the gland to hinder abnormal discharge, prevent the dog from pawing at or irritating the eye, minimize irritation and injury to the tissue and reduce the risk of secondary bacterial infections.

What’s the treatment for Cherry Eye?

If you are concerned about your dog’s Cherry Eye, consult your vet at ZippiVet to discuss the treatment option best for you and your pup.

Non-surgical treatment: Your vet may be able to pop the gland back in place or use antibiotics or steroids to keep the gland in place and reduce exposure to environmental irritants.

Surgical treatment: If surgery is recommended for the Cherry Eye, your ZippiVet vet will use state-of-the-art surgical techniques to reposition the gland. After treatment the chance of recurrence is low and your pooch will be back to its happy, healthy self.

If your dog has Cherry Eye, or any other condition that’s troubling you, schedule an appointment at ZippiVet today!

Eat, Drink & Meet Animals: May Austin Pet Adoption Events

Pet Adoption Austin

April showers bring May flowers, along with lots and lots of puppies and kittens galore. Summer is just around the corner and the kids are almost out of school making this the perfect time for a furry addition to the family. Here is a list of May pet adoption events in Austin to pick up a new pet, volunteer, or donate to one of Austin’s amazing animal shelters and foster homes.

Sat. May 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Swing by Great Outdogs, 1210 Barton Springs Rd., to pick up some new dog gear, treats, toys and more and meet some of the visiting pups from Austin Pets Alive!

Sat. May 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tomlinson’s Pet Store located on Circle C will be hosting dogs from Austin Dog Rescue.

Sun. May 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Is there any better way to celebrate a sunny Sunday in Austin than brunch and pups? Bring your friends (both four and two legged) to Yard Bar to celebrate Blue Spots Pets’ Boozy Brunch hosted by Rocco the Pug: humans can indulge in a boozy brunch while pets get pampered with grooming and glamor shots. Tickets are only $20 and all proceeds benefit Austin Pets Alive!

Sun. May 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Shop for a cause! Stop by Talbots Arboretum for a meet and greet with the wonderful pups at Austin Dog Rescue plus a portion of the proceeds go toward saving more dogs.

Sun. May 15, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Stop by Pints, Pies and Paws for the ultimate Sunday Funday at Whitestone Brewery. Meet some of the pets from Texas Humane Heroes and grab a slice. $1 from every pint sold will go to Texas Humane Heroes.

Fri. May 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

South Austin Brewery and Taproom is hosting the Rockers Vs. Mod Event featuring live music by Jacket Walker, Wild Call, and Fur King and a plethora of puppies from Austin Pets Alive!

Sat. May 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May is Austin Pet Month! Celebrate with dogs and cats from Austin Pets Alive!, beer, wine, and one-of-a-kind pet vendors at Phydeaux and Friends.

Sat. May 21, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Ney Day at the Elisabet Ney Museum with music, food, art, trapeze, the unveiling of a new outdoor sculpture, and adorable animals from Austin Pets Alive!

Mon. May 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

May has Mother’s Day but Banger’s has Mega Mutt Mom Day. Bring your pup to Bangers to make paw cards and meet great local pet vendors including Austin Pets Alive!, Dawg Town, Chloe’s Barkery, YoDog Snackery and Pints for Pups.

Sat. May 28th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wrap up Austin Pet Month at the Lakeline Farmers Market, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., grab your weekly greens and stop by to say hi to a pup and chat with the lovely volunteers at Austin Pets Alive!

Sun. May 29th, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Drink wine for a good cause at Tony C’s 20 for $20. Enjoy live music, appetizers, and sampling of $20 premium wines with all proceeds going to Austin Pets Alive!