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Old 09-16-2017, 06:34 PM
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New Puppy Has Cherry Eye

I feel in love with this puppy at the shelter a few weeks ago. I returned today and nearly all of his liter mates were gone... except him. His "cherry eye" made a lot of people unwilling to make the effort into getting him, but I knew I had to get him anyways. I spoke to the vet, who is going to provide me with eye drops, which I will give him for a set amount of time. He said that in that time, I can attempt to massage the prolapsed gland and attempt to even press it back in. I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and if they have any tips to offer me. From what I gather, this is mostly a cosmetic thing and that's little of a deterrent for me. I just want to know what I can do that's best for him. I was also wondering if I should consider surgery.
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... I spoke to the vet, who [will] provide... eye drops, which I will give him for a set amount of time. He said that... I can... massage the prolapsed gland & [even] attempt to press it back in.


I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and if they have any tips to offer me.
From what I gather, [cherry eye] is mostly ...cosmetic... that's [not] a deterrent for me.
... I was also wondering if I should consider surgery.
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Did this vet SEE the dog, & SEE the eye? // U said "spoke to...", hence my query.

I have never in my life heard of "massaging" a cherry-eye, drops or no drops, let alone a suggestion to push it back in. Frankly, i find that frightening advice.

Eyes are very delicate structures - a CHERRY EYE is painful & most dogs would rip yer hand off for trying to put any pressure on it. // U can't do 'massage' with zero pressure - & any sort of contact is going to hurt; cherry eye hurts, period, simply by existing. U don't need to touch it - it hurts ALL THE TIME.

As for "cosmetic" - No. I don't know where U saw that, read it, who said it - but it ain't so.

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The prolapsed gland is a TEAR GLAND - the eye needs it! - it needs to be put back where it belongs, with a stitch or 3 to keep it in place, permanently.
Any vet-opthlmologist will tell U, this is anything but "pretty" - this is FUNCTIONAL pain-relieving, vision-saving surgery.

- terry



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Old 09-16-2017, 11:00 PM
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Did this vet SEE the dog, & SEE the eye? // U said "spoke to...", hence my query.

I have never in my life heard of "massaging" a cherry-eye, drops or no drops, let alone a suggestion to push it back in. Frankly, i find that frightening advice.

Eyes are very delicate structures - a CHERRY EYE is painful & most dogs would rip yer hand off for trying to put any pressure on it. // U can't do 'massage' with zero pressure - & any sort of contact is going to hurt; cherry eye hurts, period, simply by existing. U don't need to touch it - it hurts ALL THE TIME.

As for "cosmetic" - No. I don't know where U saw that, read it, who said it - but it ain't so.

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The prolapsed gland is a TEAR GLAND - the eye needs it! - it needs to be put back where it belongs, with a stitch or 3 to keep it in place, permanently.
Any vet-opthlmologist will tell U, this is anything but "pretty" - this is FUNCTIONAL pain-relieving, vision-saving surgery.

- terry


Yes, he saw the pup. I'm shocked he would give me this advice if it wasn't at all accurate. I'm now questioning whether he was actually the vet or just a poorly informed assistant. I'll make sure to visit a vet outside of the shelter so that I can get proper advice as far as how to move forward. I thought the whole concept of "massaging" it was terrifying and I'm glad to know I'm not alone. He also made it sound a lot less serious than you are.

I read that surgery can cause dry eye and cause him to require eye drops for the rest of his life, but that's only if I went to someone foolish enough to recommend removing the gland entirely, right?
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I have a 2-year-old chihuahua with cherry eye, the vet gave me the same advice he also told me they could operate but there was no guarantee it wouldn't come back. it wasn't causing him pain. I took the Vets advice and massaged it and it actually went away.
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I read that surgery can cause dry eye and cause him to require eye drops for the rest of his life, but that's only if I went to someone foolish enough to recommend removing the gland entirely, right?
to the best of my knowledge, no vet would recommend removal -
altho of course, B4 this i'd have said no vet would recommend "eyedrops & massage", LOL, so i guess anything is possible. :crazy:

from the vet-opthlmologist link i posted yesterday, "Cherry Eye"
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To correct cherry eye, surgical REPLACEMENT of the gland is necessary.
Surgery is not just for cosmetics! The gland of the third eyelid plays an important role in maintaining normal tear production, responsible for 40 to 50% of the tears.
Dogs that have had the tear gland removed are predisposed to developing Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (dry eye) later in life. Dry Eye is uncomfortable for the patient, and requires the owner to administer topical medications several times a day for the remainder of the patient's life.
To avoid this condition, it is preferable to reposition the gland so it can continue to function normally.


The procedures use to correct cherry-eye by ophthalmologists vary, depending on surgeon preference, but a common procedure is called a 'pocket technique'. Although the gland cannot be put back into its original position in the third eyelid, a new pocket is made near the original position. The tear gland is tucked inside the pocket, & the pocket is sutured closed.
Another commonly used procedure tacks the gland to the orbital rim.

Unfortunately, no surgical procedure is 100% effective, & occasionally additional surgery is needed.
Post-surgical inflammation may take 1 to 2 weeks to resolve."

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