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What is a cherry eye?

If you have owned a┬áCocker Spaniel, Bulldog, Beagle, Bloodhound, Lhasa Apso, or Shih Tzu, then you are probably familiar with Cherry Eye. It affects these breeds the most. A cherry eye is a prolapsed gland in the dog’s┬áthird eyelid. It is called a cherry eye because of how it looks.

It can affect both cats and dogs, but is more typical in younger dogs.


  • Oval mass protruding from the dogs third eyelid
  • Swelling
  • Irritation




The most common treatment for cherry eye is surgery in combination with anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce swelling.

Treatment often includes surgical replacement of the gland in the dog’s eye, or removal of the entire gland if the condition is severe. Conversely, if medications are recommended, they are typically topical anti-inflammatory drugs that are effective in reducing swelling.


If you think your dog has cherry eye, or is developing it, bring them into your vet. If you catch it early enough, you may be able to treat with just medication.

At Vetco at our Albuquerque veterinary clinic and our Los Lunas veterinary clinic we offer low-cost cherry eye removal surgery. If you are concerned, call to make an appointment with one of our qualified vets.