Cherry eye is a common term for a prolapse of the third eyelid (nictitating membrane) of dogs. This produces a very red lump in the inside corner of the eye. It is not usually painful to the dog, but unsightly. This eyelid contains a tear gland that is reponsible for a portion of the tear production of the eye. Treatment can be one of two options: replace the eyelid and try to save the gland (approximately 80% success rate), or remove the eyelid and the gland. A possible risk of removal is the development of dry eye later in life.
DRAFFERTY10336 asks: "I have a 4 month old bulldog that has developed cherry eye. I understand that this is a routine procedure and the symptom does not cause the dog any pain as it is more unpleasant to us then them. What is the best way to approach this? That ophthalmologist suggests to tack the gland back into place with a 85% success rate for $650. A experienced bulldog vet will remove the exposed portion and leave the tear gland in place. I'm afraid of the word REMOVAL... and any damage to the tear gland. Any thoughts, any one gone through this?"
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