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Posted on 02-22-2013

Cherry eye is a condition that is easy to identify. It is the prolapsed gland of the third eyelid and is seen as a red, irritated bump in the inside corner of one or both eyes. It can cause discomfort to your pet (in most cases dogs) and should be seen and treated by your veterinarian.

Cherry_Eye_1.JPGThis condition mostly affects young dogs 6 months to 2 years of age. This rarely occurs in cats but burmese and persian breeds are predisposed. Certain dog breeds have a higher chance to get this condition such as cocker spaniels, bulldogs, bloodhounds, lhasa apsos, shih tzus and other breeds with short or flatter faces. This condition can be due to a congenital weakness of the attachement of the third eyelid. This may only occur in one eye but often if one eye is affected the other eye at some point may also need to be treated.

Typically, surgery is required to fix this condition and possibly follow up treatment is necessarry. There are two surgical techniques for replacing the gland to it's original location. The tucking method is most often preformed. Here a single stitch is placed to draw the gland back to the original position. Complications are rare with this procedure but may occur. The wedge technique is when a wedge of tissue is removed from directly over the gland. This is a more complicated procedure and may have some complications. There is a 5%-20% chance of reoccurence after surgery. Topical anti-inflamatories may also be used before and after surgery to reduce swelling.

If you think your pet may have a problem with their eyes in any way, please call to make an appointment with your Doctors at Eagle Animal Hospital (610) 458-8789. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding areas.

Written by Amy Poole, technician

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