Ask Seth: Cherry Eye in Dogs

My cocker spaniel puppy has a red growth in the corner of both eyes.  The vet says it sounds like cherry eye.  What is this and how do I treat it?

Canine cherry eye occurs when the tear duct on the inside of the third eyelid becomes enlarged due to an infection.  When the duct swells, it forces it out from beneath the lid, causing a cherry like growth to appear in the corner of the eye.  This is common in cocker spaniels, beagles, boston’s and bulldogs.  The treatment starts with proper diagnosis from your veterinarian.  Once that is determined they may start to treat with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.  In some cases this works and the problem goes away.  Most commonly, the cherry eye needs to be surgically removed and repaired.  A good time to plan this is when you have your pet spayed or neutered.  Once removed, they very rarely return or become problematic again.

Did your dog ever have cherry eye? How did you get rid of it? Share the story with us in the comment section!

Seth Mayersohn

About Seth Mayersohn

Have a question about your pet’s health or behavior? Readers can submit questions to askseth@petassure.com. Seth Mayersohn has a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and a M.S. in Agriculture from West Virginia University. He has 12 years of experience as a veterinary technician and draws upon that experience to help our readers!

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