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Cherry Eye: Ruffles

Ruffles was a 1 year old purebred bulldog that came to us with “Cherry Eyes”. “Cherry eye” is a common term for prolapse of the third eyelid gland. Many mammals, including dogs, have an “extra” or third eyelid located inside the lower eyelid, also referred to as the “nictitating membrane.” The third eyelid serves as an additional protective layer for the eye, especially during hunting or fighting. The third eyelid also contains a special gland that produces a significant portion of the eye’s protective tear film. When this gland prolapses or “pops out”, the condition is known as “cherry eye”. We were able to get her the surgery she needed to correct her issue. This is a very common issue with the smushed face breeds and needs to be addressed for longterm health.

Heather Fraser

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