Cherry eye, also known as third eyelid prolapse, is a condition that affects dogs and causes the gland in their third eyelid to prolapse. This can happen for a number of reasons, including injury, allergies, or genetics. Treatment typically involves surgically removing the affected gland. However, this doesn’t always cure the problem and some dogs may require additional treatment, such as steroids or antibiotics.
Cherry eye for dogs is a serious medical condition that can lead to blindness if left untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent further damage to the eye. Surgery is the most common treatment for cherry eye, and it is usually successful in restoring vision. Some dogs may require lifelong medication to control the condition, but most will recover fully with proper care. Cherry eye can be a painful condition for dogs, so it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible if you notice any signs of this condition in your pet.
What breeds of dogs are predisposed to cherry eye?
Cherry eye, can occur in any breed of dog, but some breeds are more predisposed to it than others. Breeds that are commonly affected by cherry eye include:
- Bulldogs (both English and French bulldogs)
- Cocker Spaniels
- Lhasa Apsos
- Shar Peis
- Boston Terriers
- Basset Hounds
- Shih Tzus
However, it’s important to note that any breed of dog can develop cherry eye, and it can also occur in mixed breed dogs. Should you suspect your dog is suffering from cherry eye you should organise an appointment with your vet to have it looked at.