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Cherry Eye in Dogs

Photograph of a dog suffering from cherry eye




Cherry eye in dogs describes when the gland of the third eyelid known as the nictitating membrane prolapses and becomes visible. Cherry eye may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the connective tissue surrounding the gland. It is more common in puppies than mature dogs. It appears as a red mass in the inner corner of the eye, and is sometimes mistaken for a tumor.




Surgery is the most common treatment for cherry eye in dogs and the success rate of cherry eye surgery in dogs is around 80% for most breeds. Surgery for cherry eye is successful in most cases, but expensive in all cases.


Cost to Treat: $500 to $1,000 per eye


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