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    Default Cherry eye - is it hereditary?

    Yesterday morning i woke up to find Brock's right eye had a big red spot poking out next to his eyeball. Was taking him to the vet's anyway for a vaccination and the vet said it was cherry eye and explained what it was. After reading a post by newfsie about massaging the eye we gave it a gentle massage and a few minutes later it had popped back in and so far hasn't reappeared.

    Is this a hereditary condition? I've read that it may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the connective tissue surrounding the gland. And yes i know i should have asked the vet but that didn't cross my mind at the time

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    Hi 'mymatejack',

    Sorry this has happened to your prized pup. As far as I have read, cherry eye is more usual with other breeds of pup than what you have.

    Has he had an injury to his eye ? But being such a young pup - maybe you would not have noticed !

    Though I am a tad concerned that your vet went straight to 'cherry eye'.

    As far as being heredity - sorry the jury - from what I have read - doesn't know - but there are particular breeds that cherry eye shows up in.

    See below - even though it is American:

    Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: What Causes Cherry Eye in Dogs, and How to Correct It


    Are you able to contact the breeder of your pup and ask questions ?

    That is what I would do !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Hi 'mymatejack',

    Sorry this has happened to your prized pup. As far as I have read, cherry eye is more usual with other breeds of pup than what you have.

    Has he had an injury to his eye ? But being such a young pup - maybe you would not have noticed !

    Though I am a tad concerned that your vet went straight to 'cherry eye'.

    As far as being heredity - sorry the jury - from what I have read - doesn't know - but there are particular breeds that cherry eye shows up in.

    See below - even though it is American:

    Responsible Pet Ownership Blog: What Causes Cherry Eye in Dogs, and How to Correct It


    Are you able to contact the breeder of your pup and ask questions ?

    That is what I would do !
    No injury to his eye since i've had him and nothing seemed unusual when i bought him

    I hadn't been to this vet before and there were a few things that will see me not going back, but i think the diagnosis was correct

    Yep, i can and will contact the breeder but i wanted to know as much as possible before going there.

    Thanks

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    jack its not hereditary
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    The jury is out as to whether "cherry eye" is hereditary or not. But as certain breeds are more prone to it, I guess in the long run like everything it is.

    I worked in the kennels of a small breed rescue and they had a couple of fluffy cross breeds with it. We were told the Lhaso Apso is a breed known to have a higher prevalence of it, but there are not a great deal of pure Lhaso Apso's out there to make a lot of Xbreeds.

    It's basically a weakness of the connective tissue of the third eyelid, it becomes weak and out it pops becoming irritated in the dry air. I'm told it's not painful for the dog, but boy it looks it.

    The three little guys we had come in with it over the couple of years I worked at the rescue all had corrective surgery, otherwise they would never have been adopted.

    I would tell the breeder because I'd want to know, but unless they knowingly breed from a dog/bitch that has cherry eye there is nothing they can do, you can't test for it and your breed is not even known for it.

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    Thanks MAC, great to get a breeders perspective

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    I fostered 2 pups from a lasa apso litter, both had 'cherry eye' appear at 6 months. Like you i massaged it, as i had been shown to, and it popped back in. Only to pop back out on one pup. that pup was surgically corrected. the other it never happened again to in the 12 yrs it lived with my mum who adopted it.
    I was told it was familiar. A lesser term than hereditary, the next step down.

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    We once rushed a JRT x Shitzu/Maltese pup to the vets because of this. Never knew what it was called, but boy does it look scary! The vet told us it was fairly likely to happen again, but no action was needed until it started happening regularly. The dog is now about 5 and it never happened again either.

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    Thanks for the replies, seriously hoping it doesn't pop back out on Brock!

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    ' mymatejack' - how is Brock going ?

    Hopefully no more hassles with his eye !

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