What is cherry eye?
Cherry eye is a common condition inherited in certain breeds of dogs and, in rare cases, it can arise in cats. Unlike humans, they have three eyelids rather than two – and the problem is caused when the tear gland in the third eyelid becomes swollen and red, covering part of the eye. There’s no real evidence to suggest that it is uncomfortable, but the glands are crucial to maintaining optimum eye health, so it’s important that problems are treated promptly.
When the gland in the third eyelid swells, it creates a small pink bulge which covers part of the eye. It protrudes from the corner of the eye nearest the nose.
Although unsightly, cherry eye doesn’t normally cause any discomfort to dogs or cats unless it is left untreated and complications occur.