What is a Cherry Eye in a Dog?
Cost of Treatment: $490 to $1,050 per eye
What it is: Cherry eye is a condition involving the gland of a third eyelid known as the nictitating membrane. The membrane slips forward, producing a visible red mass in the inner corner of the dog’s eye. More common in puppies than adult dogs, cherry eye may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the gland’s connective tissue.
- Reddish, protruding mass of tissue in the eye
- Swelling and Irritation
- Excessive tear production
- Trouble with vision
- Pawing and rubbing the eyes
- Dry eyes
Treatment: The most common treatment for the condition is surgery, with a high success rate of about 80 percent for most dog breeds. While highly successful, the surgery can also be costly. Most dog insurance plans include cherry eye as a covered condition.
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