Cherry eye is a very common congenital eye defect in dog breeds. Also called canine nictitans gland prolapse, this defect occurs in the gland of the third eyelid, causing it to protrude. This visible tear gland appears as a bright red bulge in the corner of the pet’s eye. Unfortunately, the exact cause of this gland swelling is still unknown, but it is believed to be related to connective tissue weakness that is surrounding the eye.
Cherry eye is most often seen in Beagle, Bulldog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Weimaraner, Cane Corso, and Cocker Spaniel dog breeds. If your pet scratches or rubs on the irritated portion of the eye, it may create an ulcer. Treatment costs can range to be $100-$500+ for surgical gland repositioning, steroids, and antibiotics.
To learn more about Cherry Eye in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this serious condition.