Answered by Dr. Jeff Feinman
That’s a great question because it depends on the situation. Most frequently, cherry eyes, which is like a prominence of the third eyelid in the corner of the eye so it looks like there’s a mass growing out of the corner of the eye but it’s frequently seen in young animals.
The most common treatment is no treatment. Just keep the eyes lubricated or don’t do anything at all, and they go back on their own. The cartilage frequently slips in and out so you may or may not see cherry eye. If that’s not working or if it’s bothering your dog, then surgical correction is the next step, and there are two ways to correct that. One is, which is done nowadays, is to attach the membrane down and size it so it doesn’t collapse again. The other way used to be to just remove the third eyelid, but we found that doing that actually increased chance of dry eye and other dry problems.
So that’s it for today! I’m Jeff Feinman, licensed holistic veterinarian here in Weston, Connecticut to answer common pet parent questions. Thank you for coming, thank you for watching, and we’ll all talk soon! Visit Holistic Actions! for more holistic pet care information.
- No treatment – wait
- Keep eyes lubricated
- Surgical correction
- Prominence of the third eyelid in the corner of the eye
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Jeffrey Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH, graduated in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania and was Penn’s first veterinary dual-degree University Scholar, holding both molecular biology and veterinary degrees. He is the founder of HolisticActions.com and dedicated to pet parent empowerment.
Dr. Jeff is devoted to researching about how to harness the innate power of the individual using Vitality and Balance. He and his wonderful wife Amy live with Archie, a rescue pup, and a Rex cat named Tigger.