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    What is Cherry Eye?

    Cherry eye is a common term for prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Many mammals, including dogs, have an “extra” or third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid. This serves as an additional protective layer for the eye. The third eyelid contains a gland that produces a significant portion of the tear film. When this gland prolapses or “pops out”, the condition is known as “cherry eye”.

    What are the clinical signs of “cherry eye”?
    Prolapse of the third eyelid gland appears a red swollen mass (named by its resemblance to a cherry) on the lower eyelid near the nose or muzzle. The “cherry eye” may be large and cover a significant portion of the cornea or it may be small and appear only periodically. Any sign of “cherry eye’ should be brought to your vet’s attention immediately.

    What causes “cherry eye”?
    The gland of the third eyelid is normally anchored to the lower inner rim of the eye by a fibrous attachment. In certain breeds it is thought that this attachment is weak, which allows the gland to prolapse easily. The breeds most commonly affected include Cocker Spaniels, Bulldogs, Beagles, Bloodhounds, Lhasa Apsos, Shih-Tzus, and other brachycephalic breeds (dogs with “squished” faces and short limbs).

    What is the treatment of “cherry eye”?
    Treatment involves medical therapy or surgical replacement of the third eyelid gland. It is important to treat the condition as soon as possible in order to minimize damage. This is critical because the third eyelid gland produces up to fifty percent of the watery (aqueous) portion of the tear film. Without adequate tear production, your dog is much more likely to develop “dry eye”, which can seriously impair vision. Your veterinarian will discuss the appropriate technique that will best suit your pet’s condition.

    What is the prognosis?
    In most cases, the gland returns to normal function within a few weeks of treatment. Approximately five to twenty percent of cases may experience a re-prolapse of the third eyelid gland and require additional surgery. Many pets that have a prolapse in one eye will eventually experience a prolapse in the opposite eye. Replacement of the third eyelid gland is always the first choice of treatment due to the risk of developing “dry eye” if the gland is lost. In severe or chronic cases, there may be no option other than removal of the gland, especially if the function is thought to be severely diminished or absent.

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    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 12-26-2009 at 02:27 PM. Reason: edited to add web link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Aww everyone's Stafford's are so adorable

    Clea here are a few pics of Floyd, your opinions on he's ears are greatly appreciated. IMO he's ears are gorgeous & perfect...In some pics it don't look like he's skull has cracked & yet in reality the cracking is clearly visable



    Hi Deb

    Sorry I didn't see this thread had new posts in it until now.

    Floyd has small half-pricked ears...a desirable ear set in the breed. He also has a gorgeous smile...and I can't wait to see him in real life next Thursday

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassie jones View Post
    so cute here are some of my photo the grey one we know that he has a cherry eye
    Sigh...I don't know where to start

    I am deeply saddened by the obvious living conditions these dogs and puppies are in Even more so when I know they are breeding in these conditions.

    I find it very disturbing that a photo is posted of a puppy with "cherry eye" which is quite painful for the poor little bugger and then stated..."yes we know he has a cherry eye" in a fairly nonchalant way.

    I know kassie is only 15...we have been through this before, but I am only human and can only take so much. I know it is not her responsibility, but she decided to post these photos at her own will.

    Some people just shouldn't have pets...sorry for being so forthright here. It absolutely breaks my heart knowing these little buggers are living like that

    I am desperately trying not to sound condescending here

    Kassie is in Somerville, Queensland.

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    Kassie, that needs surgical repositioning, asap.
    Education not Legislation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Hi Deb

    Sorry I didn't see this thread had new posts in it until now.

    Floyd has small half-pricked ears...a desirable ear set in the breed. He also has a gorgeous smile...and I can't wait to see him in real life next Thursday

    Hi Dorte, we too are looking forward to meeting Ruby, Sumo & of course you guys next thursday

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    Oscar is gorgeous!!!!!! He looks as if he has had the makeup done for a photo shoot.

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    we are but the late time one of our puppies whit had went to its new owner and it did not have a cherry eye next day we got a call from the owner say that there cat hut it they tuck it to a vet and it die on the table we got sude for some thing we did not do so our vet said we can do it went he is 18 mot old

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassie jones View Post
    we are but the late time one of our puppies whit had went to its new owner and it did not have a cherry eye next day we got a call from the owner say that there cat hut it they tuck it to a vet and it die on the table we got sude for some thing we did not do so our vet said we can do it went he is 18 mot old
    18 months??????

    Your freaking pup will probably have lost his eye sight by then. This condition is very painful for your pup and causes "dry eye" too.

    Getting cranky now.............................

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    find im going good bye if you are going to be mean thing about me and my family
    then im out of here this is not fear i did not know that a cherry eye is peanful im a kid this is school holaday and the dog forum is some were i can talk to poeple

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    Kassie, I think you may have been told a wild story there. Leaving that pup until 18 months with no vet treatment is not acceptable. That pup needs attention now. It is a criminal offence not to provide veterinary attention to an animal.

    If the dog suffers a permanent injury or disability because you don't get it vet treatment it is a very serious criminal matter (aggravated animal cruelty) which can result in gaol sentences.

    If you are near to anything like the Animal Welfare League, or RSPCA in your area, they often have low income vet clinics available.

    If you need help to try and find somewhere near you and affordable you can PM me and I'll try and help.

    If you absolutely cannot afford to treat it the pup needs to be surrendered to somewhere like the RSPCA where it can be treated.

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