If you are like me, your dog is the apple in your eyes, and one of the dearest creatures in the world. Your dog’s eye health may not be your first thought in the morning, but your dog relies on your eyes as much as you do. Cherry eye in dogs is a condition that does not affect all puppies, but can affect tears production and eye health in any dog.
The signs of the cherry eye in dogs are easy to spot; quick detection and treatment, able to reverse harmful effects. However, in severe cases, your veterinarian or veterinarian may need surgery to prevent long-term eye problems. Let’s talk about the cherry eye in dogs and how to treat it!
What is the cherry eye in dogs?
All dogs have a third eyelid, also known as the eye membrane, as well as two tear-producing glands to lubricate their eyes. The movable membrane, based on the lower eyelid, is a secondary type of shield for the eye. It protects the dog’s eyes from wind, dust, and other foreign objects while they play or work. The tear spot membrane has a dedicated tear gland. This tear gland produces between 35 percent and 50 percent of the total moisture in the dog’s eye, and is therefore an essential component to overall eye health in dogs.
Cherry eye in dogs occurs when the connective tissue that holds the gland in place is weak, faulty, or damaged. The tear glands of the membrane begin to loosen and fall out from the small pocket and out of the bottom or corner of the eye of the dog, usually closest to the nose. This is the main symptom of a red, fleshy, convex gland that gives it its colorful, fruity moniker. If your dog has, or has had, cherry eyes, you should pay special attention. Prolonged or recurrent cases of cherry eye in dogs can lead to reduced tear production and other eye problems.
What caused it?
The cherry eye in dogs is a disorder you are born with, inherited from one generation to the next. In addition to the genetic predisposition, it is not known exactly what causes it. We know that the ligaments and connective tissue that hold the tear glands of the mantle fall out of place, and cherry eyes in dogs are more common in certain breeds.
Which breeds of dogs are more susceptible to cherry eyes than in dogs?
Prospective owners and owners Basset Hounds, Beagles, Hound blood, Boxer, Bulldogs (English and French), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Mastiffs Neapolitan, Newfoundlands, Peking language, Poodles (especially Zoom out), Pugs, Saint Bernards, Shar-Peis, Shih Tzusand terriers (including local army, Bull Terrier and Central Highlands White Terrier) should be aware of the increased risk to cherry eyes in these breeds.
Dogs with a shorter snout, along with toy breeds or teacups in general, have a higher risk of developing cherry eye disease in dogs. However, it can happen to any dog, and of any age.
Home treatment for cherry eyes in dogs
Having caught up early, I have come across many online accounts for successful treatment of cherry eye in dogs. Using a combination of warm, moist cloth and dog-safe eye drops, home remedies include soothing the sore dog and gently massaging the sore tear glands of the diaphragm until it sucks. Return to the correct position. However, even if this technique is successful, there is no guarantee that the cherry eyes will disappear. It can recur and a dog with a cherry eye in one eye is also at a higher risk of having it in the other eye.
When to see a veterinarian about cherry eyes in dogs
The safest bet for a cherry eye in a dog is to visit a veterinarian who can pinpoint the specific reason for the cherry eye in your dog. Since there’s no fixed cause, early counseling can help ensure your dog’s long-term eye health.
There are three popular surgical options. In the first case, the veterinarian may sew the back tearing gland back into place. In other cases, the veterinarian may find the connective tissue too weak to properly support the gland. For situations like these, the surgeon will try to create a new bag or envelope to keep it in place permanently.
The third, in previous years, is the most common and involves complete removal of the tear gland from the cherry eye. Removed gland removal is a complete last resort. Removal of the affected tear gland will require lifelong treatment with artificial tears to prevent it Chronic dry eye disease and secondary problems This can happen when a dog’s eye lubricant is not produced.
Long-term effects of the cherry eye in dogs
If left untreated, a dog with a cherry eye is at greater risk of long-term health problems. The longer the drop in the gland is, the greater the risk of developing related problems. The proper blood flow to the gland is limited. The gland may swell if exposed for longer. Fingers, scratching or rubbing affected eyes can cause further irritation and create opportunities for secondary infections caused by bacteria or viruses.
In most cases, early detection, cherry eyes in dogs are successfully treated or managed with minimal vet support, hopefully before your dog needs surgery.
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This work was originally published in 2014.