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What is Cherry Eye?

Normally, connective tissue holds the lacrimal gland of your pet’s eye in place. Weakness in the tissue or inflammation in ocular mucous membranes are two instances that can cause the gland to protrude. Cherry eye can lead to the compromising of the function of the third eyelid. Prolapsed lacrimal glands will most often be seen in dogs under the age of two, but it can occur at any age. It is very important to bring your dog to the clinic if you see indications of a problem within the eye.

Cherry eye occurs when the tear gland of the third eyelid begins to protrude and becomes a reddish mass. Though it may look like more of a cosmetic condition than a medical one, the prolapsed lacrimal (tear) gland can become painful, irritated and inflamed. Predisposition to the condition can be seen in Cocker Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Beagle, Bulldog, Shih-Tzu, Boston Terrier, Saint Bernard and Poodle breeds.

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Symptoms of Cherry Eye in Dogs

The most obvious symptom of cherry eye is the red, swollen mass in the corner of the dog’s eye which may appear suddenly. Cherry eye can progress quickly. Your canine companion may rub or paw at his eye which can lead to an infection or bleeding. If you notice a red bulge appearing in your dog’s eye, a veterinary visit is a must.

  • Swollen tear gland and third eyelid
  • There will be the appearance of an oval mass
  • The bulge will be reddish in color
  • The bulge can become irritated and painful if rubbed
  • Your dog may squint if pain is present
  • The eye can become dry due to lack of lubrication
  • There may be swelling around the eye
  • There could be a pus-filled discharge

Causes of Cherry Eye in Dogs

Why canines suffer from cherry eye is not well understood. What is known is that the third eyelid plays an important part in tear production. If the cherry eye is not repaired, your dog could develop dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), which requires the administration of medicated ointment or drops several times daily for life.

  • Weakness of the connective tissue attachment between the third eyelid membrane and tissues around the eye
  • Inflammation in the mucous membrane of the eye
  • Secondary infection of the third eyelid is possible with cherry eye because of exposure to environmental elements and the loss of protective moisture found in the eye
  • Abnormal swelling and thickening prevent the third eyelid from returning to its normal position
  • Brachycephalic breeds (with wide, flat faces) have an eye structure that may require stronger tissues; therefore, we could say they are genetically predisposed to problems with the third eyelid

Diagnosis of Cherry Eye in Dogs

You may notice that the cherry eye appearance of your dog’s eye may change in severity; at times, it could appear to be improving. However, this is a temporary improvement, and the prolapsing of the eyelid will eventually become a persistent problem. Do not delay taking your furry companion to the clinic because the bulge can easily become injured or infected. Not dealing with the issue of prolapsed third eyelid will eventually lead to the risk of chronic conjunctivitis, constant ocular discharge, and dry eye.

The veterinarian will do a thorough ocular examination, inspecting all aspects of the eye, to verify if there is a foreign object present and to check for pus related to additional infection. If your dog is a senior, testing may be done to rule out cancer. In general, though, a prolapsed third eyelid is a straightforward diagnosis.

Treatment of Cherry Eye in Dogs

Prompt treatment of cherry eye will bring the most successful resolution. If the prolapse is apparent for only a day or two, there is a chance that anti-inflammatories (to reduce swelling), and medication to strengthen the ligaments may be enough to clear up the issue.

However, relapse is common and in many cases, medical treatment must involve surgical intervention. The most important part of the surgery will be to retain the tear gland. (In the past, the prolapsed lacrimal gland was often removed. Current veterinarian practice avoids this procedure.)

Two procedures are considered. The veterinarian will most likely refer you to an ophthalmologist for the surgery, as they specialize in ocular care. Of course, any infection or irritation will be attended to first, through ointments and antibiotics, before the surgery is scheduled.

  • Suturing the gland in place is one technique. The gland is tacked to the orbital rim
  • The pocket technique is surgery whereby a new pocket is made for the tear gland. The gland is protected by the tunnel put in place, and is tucked into the pocket, and then sutured

Recovery of Cherry Eye in Dogs

The prognosis for recovery of surgery for prolapsed lacrimal gland is very good. You may see one to two weeks of inflammation before the eye begins to regain its normal appearance, but 7 to 10 days of ointment application and 5 to 10 days of oral antibiotics will assure that the eye heals properly, and infection is avoided.

As with any type of surgery, allow your furry family member to rest in a quiet area for several days. Short leash walks are permitted, but swimming and bathing are prohibited for at least two weeks.

Your dog will be required to wear an Elizabethan collar for a week or two, depending on how fast the eye appears to be healing, and how much your dog is attempting to rub the eye.

The veterinarian will want to check the eye after two weeks, and it is quite possible that an ocular exam will be recommended at every check up in the future. It should be noted that dogs predisposed to the condition are more apt to have a relapse. As well, even with surgery, 20% of canines who had had the cherry eye repaired could develop dry eye in later years.

Cherry Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jasper
Shih-Tzu
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Having trouble falling asleep

My dog had cherry eye surgery today and he’s having trouble with the cone. Can he have it off at times when I’m supervising? Does he have to wear to sleep? He probably does but it’s hard for him to fall asleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that the cone can be frustrating for Jasper, but it is in his best interest; even with you supervising him, he just has to land a good scratch to the area to cause problems. So, for me keep the cone on as directed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My sharpei mix is three months old and has had cherry eye for two weeks. Since we were out of town when it first occurred we went to an out of town vet (on the recommendation of our regular vet) who gave him antibiotics because there was a mucus discharge. The discharge cleared up. Once we returned home, his regular vet gave him steroid drops but that isn’t working. The cherry eye bulge is very large and red but he doesn’t appear to be in pain and he can see I think. His vet thinks he may need surgery and is consulting an eye doctor. How soon can he have surgery if that’s the appropriate course of action?its been 17 days sincerely this presented.

My dog had this surgery about a month ago. He recently started having bloody eye boogers. Should I go see a vet?

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Pedro
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Leaking fluids

My dog went into surgery for his cherry eye today. The surgery consisted of the veterinarian removing the tear duct. When we went to pick him up, we were not given any information. We were also not given any antibiotics. His eye now looks like it is leaking fluid. I'm worried that they might have messed something up or not given us enough information. Please let me know if there is anything we should be doing or asking the vet to help take care of him. He is a very important member of our family and we hate to see him in pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the gland was removed due to it not being able to be replaced into the membrane, artificial tears may be required to keep the eye lubricated and to prevent it from drying out; antibiotics are usually prescribed after any surgery, but you would need to speak with your Veterinarian about this. Ask your Veterinarian about the procedure and whether Pedro is going to require artificial tears or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our veterinarian is recommending drops to decrease swelling (which they have done) then to leave the cherry eye alone. She says that there is a high likelihood it would come back after surgery so surgery would be futile. Should I get a second opinion?

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Matt
Cockapoo
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Occasional swelling, redness,

Hi, we adopted Matt, a cockapoo a year and a half ago. The shelter wasn’t sure of his age(said 5 or 6) but our vet says he could between 9-11 years old. Already showing signs or cataract. He has a cherry eye in his right eye as well as a ‘mold’ under the same eye. Sometimes he scratches with his paw or along a wall/furniture. I wash his eye. Should I get it surgically taken care of or can he stay with the cherry eye?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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'Cherry eye' occurs with the gland that produces tears is exposed to the outside air, and over the long term it can lead to dry-eye conditions if not repaired. Since I cannot examine Matt or see what is going on with his eyes, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can advise you towards the best course of treatment. I hope that all goes well with him!

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Cooper
Shih-Tzu
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Medication Used

Vetropolycin

My puppy had cherry eye surgery two weeks ago and we have been putting an antibacterial ointment in corner of his eye morning and night. His eye gets crusted over with green gunk and needs cleaned. It is worse in the morning. I called the vet and they felt it was the ointment? I notice the white in his eye is still quite red compared to his other eye? Is this normal? Should I insist on him being seen again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I wouldn’t say that the discharge is from the ointment, some residue may be left over but it wouldn’t be green; I would think it may still be from infection or irritation, I would speak with your Veterinarian again and Cooper may require systemic antibiotics to assist with the topical treatment as two weeks is a long term post surgery to still be having red eyes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shanell
Chihuahua
2 Months
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

How much will probably cost a surgery for cherry eye?
I got her like 5 days ago and the first night she stayed the day before she had in her eye . i searched how to get rid of it and i saw by rubbing a warm cloth and massage her eye i did that and it made it wayy worse . it got bigger with in one day and started to have yellow discharge i try to clean it so she can see and its bleeding lightly. And its bothering her she rubs it alot . i havemt had the chance to take her to a vet yet .. Bt im guessing it got infected . i feel so guilty that i made ot worse . i dont know cz some people say it may have been an alergic reaction .some of them say its the cherry eye whatevver .. This is my first dog .im so unaware about all these things 😞 i would like to know if thers any antibiotics i could buy or do something instead of making my puppie have surgery

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The internet has made a Veterinarian’s (and your Physician’s) job a lot worse; forums with so call ‘experts’ give advice to pet owners with little to no medical training, the little training is worse than no training at all - there is a reason Veterinarians and other medical professionals are under crippling debt. If Shanell has cherry eye, she will most likely 99% require surgery; in the meantime, rinsing the eye with contact lens solution and applying an over the counter ophthalmic antibiotic solution may help short term, but surgery would be the end goal. The cheapest cherry eye surgery I’ve found is in Richmond, VA but there are many other low cost and charity clinics across the country; a simple Google search will help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.helpinghandsvetva.com/procedures-pricing/ www.aaha.org/pet_owner/lifestyle/cant-afford-critical-veterinary-care-many-nonprofits-can-help!.aspx www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

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Hazel
Shar Pei
5 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling ,discharge

My dog had cherry eye surgery two weeks ago, she still hasn't opened her eyes. Took her back last week, the vet said her cornea is scratched from the suture, she still hasn't opened her eyes will this cause her to go blind

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This shouldn’t cause her to go blind, but she should be opening her eyes by now. Without examining her I cannot say why she isn’t opening her eyes by now unless the cornea is irritated that much from the suture. Keep an eye on things for the time being and visit your Veterinarian again if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 5 month old Rottweiler has this and I took her in to the vet right away, he put in a drop then used tweezers to pop it back into place, but said he’ll probably have to remove it, but from what I read removing it is pretty bad, should I take her to another vet?

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Daxx
pit bull terrier
17 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort
Disorientation

A few months ago my 1 and a half year old bully (pitbull) had cherry eye removed in both eyes. He hasnt had issues with it since,no drying out or discharge or anything, but we have noticed that when we wipe away his eye boogers he leans his head clear back and stares at the ceiling for 30 seconds or so. Could this be an effect from his cherry eyes being removed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This may be a pain response which may be related to the cherry eye surgery; but without examining Daxx I cannot say for certain. You should keep an eye on this and bring it up with your Veterinarian at Daxx next checkup to determine if there is anything which may need to be looked at more closely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
4 yrs
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My little dog that has a cherry eye was attacked by another one of our doges yesterday. The Cherry Eye was bleeding but I did get it to stop by putting slight pressure on it. The eye looks fine and there seems to be no issue. His ear at the base also has a tear but not deep. I cleaned that up with peroxide. The ear area is sore to the touch for obvious reasons. I can't afford a vet visit, is there anything I should watch for?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. As a Veterinarian, I obviously recommend visiting your local Veterinarian and getting the cherry eye surgically repaired. If you are unable to visit your Veterinarian, I would recommend keeping the area clean and ensuring that there are no changes in the appearance of the gland. Since it was bleeding due to trauma by fighting, infection is always a concern; again a visit to your Veterinarian to check Prince over is recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kalani
Boykin Spaniel
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry eye

I adopted a Boykin spaniel (I’m told-she’s a rescue) in November. She was approximately 9-12 months old. The rescues vet (that I dont care for - I’m a former vet tech) has done the cherry eye repair twice. Plus an entropian surgery. The left eye doesn’t look like it took. When I was a tech we removed the gland. So I dont know what this new procedure is supposed to look like. I’m at a loss. She still has conjunctivitis, little discharge and is itchy all over (been on sensitive skin/stomach food for three months with no change). So do I try $100 allergy meds or do I spend $206 for an ophthalmologist specialist to look at her. Single mom here so not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The old method of cherry eye surgery where the prolapsed gland was removed lead many patients to get dry eyes from a reduction in tear production since it is responsible for around a third of tear production; the procedure now (pocket technique) is to replace the gland so that it is no longer visible and is still able to function. There is a 10% recurrence rate with this surgery, which may occur at no fault of the Veterinarian; I would recommend to try to keep the gland to prevent any issues later on with a reduction of tear production. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
chihuahua mix
2 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry eye

Hi, this is my first puppy. He Got one red cherry eye. Just want to know what is the average cost for cherry eye surgery. At what age I can get his eye surgery. If there any low cost surgery opinion.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The average cost of cherry eye surgery in the USA is around $400, however this will vary according to location and whether you visit a Specialist; low cost options are available with some charity clinics which may be as low as $200-$250 (see link below for an example). Surgery may be performed at any age and it is better to perform the surgery sooner rather than later so the surgery has a better chance of success and lower the risk of complications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.helpinghandsvetva.com/procedures-pricing/

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Cruzer
Cockapoo
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cockapoo is having cherry eye surgery tomorrow. He has it in one eye. Should I ask the doctor to suture both eyes? Is this common to do it preventively in one eye?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally a Veterinarian will check the healthy eye and may recommend getting that one secured as well; I would recommend doing so just because Cruzer will be under a general anaesthetic anyway and you may as well be proactive with prevention (two birds, one stone). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Curry
Shih-Tzu
2 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Green/grey/clear discharge

Medication Used

none

My dog recently had both cherry eyes removed. One is healing well and the other is irritated. It is sensitive to light, it bothers him to open it, and there is a lot of clear/green/greyish discharge. How can I clean it so it doesn't crust shut? Is this normal? How long will it last? Surgery was just yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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One day post surgery is still early days, I would be very gentle cleaning around the eyes and I wouldn’t recommend flushing the eye without consulting with your Veterinarian. You can clean around the eyes gently with chlorhexidine wipes but don’t touch the eye itself and don’t apply any pressure to the eye whilst cleaning. I would recommend discussing this with your Veterinarian as Curry is under their duty of care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lollie lol
English Bulldog
7 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog had cherry eye surgery and 3 weeks later the gland has popped out again. The vet would like to preform a 2nd surgery. Is there a risk in having back to back surgery? And is it safe? Will another surgery work or are we going to be disappointed with the end result again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The surgery is successful around 95% of the time meaning that in 5% of cases recurrence of the cherry eye will result in another surgery. Your Veterinarian will repeat the procedure to put the gland back in place; we (as Veterinarians) will always try to save the gland as removal of the gland may result in drying of the eye and other complications (ulcers etc…). Speak with your Veterinarian about the surgery and how they feel another surgery will go in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
American Cocker Spaniel
5 and half
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My puppy cocker spaniel to cherry eye surgery on both eyes last week..His left eye is horrible, its all swollen pretty much covering half his eye..Took him to the vet at home and now he is on some med for the swelling. I think the eye is infected. Do you think it was due to the surgery? what is my next step if this does not clear up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling is a common problem after surgery, it is a possibility that the eye is infected but this may have been due to the cherry eye before the surgery; most eye drops given after surgery contain an antibiotic, check the label. If you have concerns you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jazz
Shetland Sheepdog
15 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry red iris

Hi, I have used this service before with good advice.

My dog, Jazz, is old and having some problems. The last time I sought advice, it had to do with having probable mini-strokes.

Since then, I have noticed Jazz -- a Shetland Sheepdog -- having just one.

Now, here's the problem: She has cataracts. Last week, the iris of the right eye went cherry red.

A doctor friend thinks it's the result of a stroke and nothing can be done. He was wrong before with regard to the dog, that's why I am seeking advice from you.

I'm not sure she can see out of that eye anymore. The outer eyelid stays open; and the white of her eyeball are still white, with spyder web red.

Is there anything I can do? Would some kind of eye drops help? Would dog eye drops hurt the situation in anyway.

She is 15 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no single cause for a red iris in dogs, this may be attributable to a few different possible causes including trauma, inflammation, rupture of blood vessels, glaucoma among other conditions. Canine ophthalmic antibiotic ointment wouldn’t do any harm in this situation and should be applied as directed on the product (different products have different administration intervals); there isn’t anything else over the counter I can recommend for Jazz for this, if there is no improvement you should visit a Veterinarian for an examination of the eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks. Since yesterday afternoon, the eye seems to be "dying" so hopefully the vet can see her on Monday.

Jazz doesn't seem to be in pain, although she has pawed at the eye from time to time.

A doctor (MD) friend suggests the eye may have to be removed to avoid further infection. So far, no puss, but the eye is definitely gone. Looks bad.

He is worried that she may not be able to make it through the procedure because of her age.

If you have no other comments, let me thank you now. Great service you and Waglwaking provide.

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Princess
Yorkie
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Clear discharge, swelling reduced

Medication Used

Neomycin and polymoxinB
Neomycin and polymoxin
Neomycin

My dog is antibiotics for conjunctivitis. Neomycin, polymyxin B, and dexamethasone ointment. She was fine day 1 and all day 2, however day 3 she seems to have a little red skin showing from corner of her eye duct. Is this normal? I took her to the vet on Tuesday and it’s only Thursday, so I’m just not sure if this is part of the healing process or if she has cherry eye.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Princess. It might be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian to make sure that it is healing normally - I often recommend rechecks for eye concerns 2-3 days after starting the medications, as sometimes the eyes don't respond as planned. They'll be able to let you know if it looks like a cherry eye, or if it is fine and you can continue the medications.

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Bailey
American Spaniel
4 and half months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Another question on surgery for cherry eyes, if the surgery is done right away, is there a chance for prolapse? That is why my vet is saying to wait till he is neutered and also he is young to be put under. Should this surgery be done by an eye specialist not a regular vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For a first time occurrence of cherry eye, your regular Veterinarian would be able to do the surgery; prolapsing of the gland may occur at any time and it may be a case that Bailey’s third eyelid is just showing and not prolapsed yet which is different, in that case a wait and see approach can be taken. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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King
English Bulldog
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no symptoms

Medication Used

eye ointment steroid (use only occasionally)
Antibiotics

Hi 2 weeks ago my English bulldog got cherry eye surgery and neutered at the same time and yesterday was his check up and the vet said everything looked good. Today I got a call saying that I have to keep his e cone collar on for 3 more weeks. He had the plastic cone on for 2 weeks already and it was the worst 2 weeks because he didn't sleep and kept biting the cone and broke it so I had to get a new one and he kept chewing on it. Any suggestions if I should buy another e cone collar and keep it on him for 3 more weeks!!! I think it's ridiculous if the vet said everything was fine yesterday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that an ecollar can be frustrating for dog and owner, but if your Veterinarian has recommended that King keeps the ecollar on for another three weeks I would follow their instructions because King is under their duty of care. I haven’t examined King and therefore cannot comment, it is unusual for an ecollar to be used for this prolonged period of time; it would be best to ask your Veterinarian for the rationale for an additional three weeks of use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Josie
Shih Tzu
10 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry eye

Medication Used

Neo/Poly/Dex Opthalmaic Ointment

My 10 week old Shih Tzu has cherry eye. Our vet prescribed a steroid cream but it does not seem to be working so we will be heading for surgery. Do we need to try to manage this until she is old enough to to be spayed or is it safe to have the surgery now? It does bleed on occassion when she is playing and something accidentally hits it. I’m concerned about infection.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Whether or not you can wait until she has her spay surgery to have the cherry eye fixed sort of depends on how large it is, and if it responds at all to the ointment. If the ointment helps a little, and keeps it smaller than it would be without it, and the tissues are healthy, you may be able to wait until then. If it is constantly inflamed and causing problems, it would probably be best to have the surgery to correct her eye earlier. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you better on that, as they have seen the eye. You can also talk to them about possibly having her spay performed earlier if needed , as some veterinarians are very comfortable performing pediatric spays. They would just need to be more aware of regulating body temperature, blood sugar, and speed of the surgery. I hope that she does well!

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Chiquita
Chihuahua
3 Years
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

How can I keep it from hurting and swelling

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Cherry eye is caused by a prolapse of the third eyelid in the corner of the eye nearest the nose. A visit to your Veterinarian to check the health of Chiquita’s cornea in the affected eye is required to ensure that there are no complications prior to treatment. Treatment can be carried out surgically or managed medically. Medically I would recommend a product which is a steroid antibiotic mix (contains Dexamethasone, Neomycin, Polymyxin B) which will reduce inflammation but the third eyelid will require surgery for correction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Bulldog
3 Months
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Red skin,
Eye
Cherry eye

Hi, my bulldog got an operation to remove her cherry eye 4 days ago. We visited our vet yesterday and we were told everything was healing fine. However this morning there is flat red skin around the tear duct, similar to cherry eye but not quite. Is this part of the healing process or is there an infection?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely you are seeing the third eyelid covering the eye (it is from this that the cherry eye occurs), it isn’t unusual to see the third eyelid after surgery on the eye or infection or trauma of the eye. Keep an eye on it for the time being and your Veterinarian will check everything during your follow up visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much!

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Lacie Love
Miniature Pinscher
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My baby had surgery 4 days & then her eye looked like there was nothing done to it at all. However 2 days after surgery it looked like it was trying to come back. If she does have a 2nd surgery will it just keep coming back?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally surgery is curative with a success rate of 95%, however that means that there is a recurrence rate of 5%; it would be best to keep an eye on it and have your Veterinarian evaluate the success of the surgery during a post surgery checkup. In severe cases where recurrence is high, the gland may be removed but this put dogs at a higher risk of keratoconjunctivitis sicca, corneal ulcers etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
pit mix
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Blood in eye

Medication Used

Eye ointment
pain killer and antibiotic

My pup had cherry eye surgery (in both eyes) 4 days ago. Her eyes were looking great, yesterday I began to see blood in the white of her eye in the left eye but not the right, and today there is more blood in the white of her eye. Should I be concerned? I'm planning on calling the vet tomorrow when they open but until then I'll try this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some blood in the eye may occur post surgery, but normally after the surgery not four days later. I would just keep a close eye on it and continue to give the medication as prescribed; any blood should disappear over the next few days, but if you notice an increase in bleeding visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
American Spaniel
4 and half months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Have a new puppy. Shortly after I had him he got cherry eyes on both eyes. He is over 4 months. How old should he be to get surgery? This all started cause he was itchy from having ear mites that wasn’t discovered right away. Read in an article should be done right away, other articles says should wait till he gets neutered.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend getting the surgery done right away, there are varying opinions and reasoning to do it together with neutering but I prefer to correct the cherry eye immediately to prevent any complications and to ensure that the surgery has a better chance of success. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Poodle mix
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry eye

My puppy I think has cherry eye, his tear glad is not in the right place, but the dog isn't rubbing his eye or seemed to be bothered by it, both of his eyes seem normal in wetness, so it seems to be mostly cosmetic, what should I do here? Surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bear I cannot say whether this is something that will resolve itself or would require surgery; sometimes the third eyelid will partially cover an eye due to irritation, corneal ulceration or other problems. If the third eyelid looks like the image in the link below, surgery would be required; this would be something to discuss with your Veterinarian, but cherry eye is easier to replace surgically when performed sooner rather than later. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.merckvetmanual.com/eye-and-ear/ophthalmology/nasolacrimal-and-lacrimal-apparatus (see the first picture on the right hand side of the page)

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Rouky
Chihuahua
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cherry eye
Mass

Hi
Rouky, chihuahua mix, is a bit over a year and we realized that he probably has a cherry eye. It seems to be okay and not infected , his eye isnt dry, he does tear more from it and has regular discharges. Rouky isnt rubbing his eye at all. There is this red small mass at the corner of his left eye, it comes out more when he lies down but otherwise you cannot see it. I would like to do the best thing possible to prevent the symptom to get worst, and avoid him to be in any kind of pain , what would you suggest I can do at this early stage? Is surgery needed now? Will it be better if we do it now ?
The vet told us that it could be a cherry eye but wasnt sure until i read more about it online and it really seems to be it.
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a red mass in the corner nearest the nose in a dog it is most likely going to be cherry eye (prolapsed third eyelid). Surgery now is the best course of action as prolonged cases can be more difficult to correct (due to inflammation or secondary infection) and may result in part of the gland being removed; if part of the gland has to be removed, Rouky may require eye drops for the rest of his life. Another cause may be a tumor, but they are uncommon and the cause is most probably cherry eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diablo
Havanese
2 Years 10 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My Havanese has one cherry eye. We took him to the vet and were told it's really cosmetic and it was fine to leave it so we did. He has drainage in both eyes daily and now after reading other questions I'm wondering if surgery is necessary. It doesn't seem to bother him and he has had it since he was 8 months old--it's part of who he is in our eyes. I certainly don't want him to have issues down the road but the thought of surgery on my baby is not pleasant. What are your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Diablo has true cherry eye it would be best to have it look at by another Veterinarian for their opinion as we generally prefer to correct cherry eye to prevent complications or issues as a dog ages. I would personally correct any cherry eyes that occur but I would get a second opinion to judge the severity of Diablo’s cherry eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pesto
Jug
8 Months
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

High energy
Cherry eye

My dog just went in for surgery for his cherry eye yesterday, and he's in very high spirits, perhaps too high spirits... myself and my family are so worried that by running around and jumping up on the sofa (with his cone on) that he's going to do some kind of damage to his eyes, is this possible? Will being too energetic reverse the surgery?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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After any surgery it is best to keep a dog calm and quiet to prevent any injury to the eye or himself in general. If he bumps his face on the side of the surgery it would cause severe pain and may result in another surgery being required if the gland prolapses again. If you are unable to control him, it may be best to keep him in a small room or cage rest at least for two or three days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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