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Old 11-27-2012, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jack has had an eye infection, which the vet prescribed 5 days of drops for. The drops helped, but just this morning I was thinking that the problem wasn't totally gone, because he still has more eye discharge than normal from that eye. Then I came home for lunch today and noticed this pink puffy thing in his eye. It's sticking out between the black eyelid thingy in the inner corner and his eyeball. You can see in the pic that it's covering the white on his eyeball. I called the vet and we have an appoinment tonight but I'm freaking out because the vet tech said it sounds like cherry eye. What do you guys think? And please excuse the close up of the disgusting eye goobers.

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It could possibly be the beginnings of cherry eye. The way I understand it Cherry Eye is the prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid. Since you have an appointment later today I wouldnt freak out. Cherry Eye can be serious but only if it isnt taken care of because the swelling can actually scratch or damage the cornea. Since you just noticed it and are going in tonight Im sure he will be fine until the Vet sees him. Poor baby...must be uncomfortable though. Keep us posted.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aww... poor Jack!

I don't really know anything on Cherry eye but maybe it's just swollen or there's something stuck in there...

Hopefully the vet can take care of it.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know, but keep us posted on how the appointment goes.
Hope it's not serious.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a dog with cherry eye in both eyes!! It was expensive surgery and it wasn't guaranteed. I had a specialist do it and luckily both eyes stayed fixed, I think they just tack in down. Anyways, every now and then Jake would get this look and I'd think it was his cherry eye coming back. Not sure but I wonder if sometimes they just naturally just pop out every now and then?? Jake came to me with his cherry eyes, when I had them done they looked much worse than this. Good luck at the vet, hopefully it's nothing.
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It looks like its just inflammation from the eye infection and should also disappear once it has been cleared.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Fingers (and paws) crossed that it is nothing serious. Keep us posted on what the vet says.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I also think it looks like inflammation of the lacrimal gland. Hope it resolves! Keep us updated!
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Jack had a rough night last night, but in the end all is good. His appointment was booked for 6:30, and hubs was taking him because I have a CGA exam today and was studying last night. Jack was playing outside before they went to the vet, and when he came in there was blood all over the floor. Turns out he ripped most of one of his front nails off. It was disgusting, but we said hey, goo thing he's already going to the vet!

Anyway, the vet said right away it wasn't cherry eye. She examined the eye and noticed a very fine hair sticking out from behind the third eyelid. She pulled that out and opened up the pocket behind the pink puffy bump and saw a clump of dirt. She tried to swab it out but it was embedded in there. So the vet and her tech used giant tweezers to grab the dirt out. It turns out it wasn't a clump of dirt at all, it was a seed pod from the end of my feathery ornamental grass in my garden. Jack is always messing around with the grass, and I guess he managed to get one of the little pods in his eye. The hair she pulled out was one of the feathery things the seed pods are stuck to. So he probably had it in his eye for a few weeks, and we thought the discharge was from a regular eye infection. The vet says the pink swollen part will go away now that the irritating thing is out of his eye, and we are to continue a few more days with the drops. Apparently Jack was a total angel and kept still while they were prodding around in his eye, then he gave them kisses when it was all done.

Now, his nail. She said that if his nails weren't kept so short, he would have pulled the whole thing out. As it is, about half is gone from the end, and there is a crack up the middle of what's left. It will heal itself fairly quickly, which I believe considering how fast his nails grow. Other than putting a bootie on it for walks, there is nothing to do but wait. Glad he'll be fine, and I'm glad that thing is out of his eye, he must have been very uncomfortable.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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