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We just returned from a trip to the vet with Harley and he's been
diagnosed with Cherry eye. He was outside for a brief time
yesterday and when he came inside, he had a huge 'bubble' on the inside
corner of his eye. I was horrified! He took a nap and when
he woke up, the 'bubble' was gone, only to return about 1/2 hour later.

Harley will be going Wednesday for surgery to tack the eyelid back down
and this is my question. The vet told us he's never seen one
quite this large and there is a chance that in the future, the suture
could be torn and we'd be back to square one. Has anyone ever
experienced this????

Also, the vet is suggesting we have Harley neutered at the time of his
eye surgery. We always knew we would have him neutered but always
questioned when was the right time. He's just 5 months old (on
thurs. to be exact) and this seems to be quite young to be neutered.
The vet believes it would be easier on Harley to put him through
surgery just once rather than twice by waiting to neuter later.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?? We'd appreciate it!
 

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I have seen cherry eye in some dogs that need to be done twice.So if it does not work the first time it should the second.


It would also be better for your puppy to neuter him now.Good luck.


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I to have seen cherry eye in dogs . Poor baby ....I would have him neutered at the same time , why put him through a operation twice . He's not to young to have it done ...good luck with your baby and please let us know how he's doing .
 

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Thank you for the replies, we appreciate it so much. I was really
unsure of the neutering thing at 5 months, but it makes sense to only
have him go through this once. He goes in tomorrow at
8:30am.....I'll post his outcome as soon as I make that 2pm 'check on
your puppy' call to the vet.



Thank you so much!
 

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Harley had his post op check up today, the vet is suggesting a second eye surgery.

He believes the eye is about as normal as it's going to get at
this point (which isn't good). He said he's never seen the gland
quite as large as Harley's was. Now I'm confused at this
point.....is he talking about his tear gland? If so, how will his
eye stay from becoming dry if it's removed, do they have more than one
tear gland? He said the only way to make it 'normal' in
appearance is to remove the gland surgically. It's been oozing
quite a bit since stopping the antibiotics last Sunday but no
inflamation. He gave us a different ointment and said to try this
for 7-10 days and then wants to see him again to determine if surgery a
second time is necessary. His third eyelid still rides very high
on his eye. I'd appreciate any thoughts on this second surgery
 

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The dog with the cherry eye here,had to have it redone,but there was no cutting the vet either stitched it or lazered it down the second time.He does not like cuting because of the tear duct.


Donna


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Most cases of cherry eye respond quite well to surgical correction. The gland is sutured , stitched or "tacked" back into place, where the stitch then acts as the ligament to reattach the gland into position. Years ago, and some veterinarians still are removing this gland as a form of treatment. As this gland is responsible for the tear production in the eyeball, when removed, often times the tear production diminishes, and you are left with a "dry eye" condition. Thus, this procedure should never be considered as an option.


Allowing the gland to remain popped out, with or without the need for medication would be preferred over complete removal of this tear gland. If the gland is removed and the patient develops dry eye, long term medication is required then to keep the eyeball moist.


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Donna....thanks so much for this info.

I think I need to do some research or perhaps a consult with a
different vet. I'm not agreeing with his suggestion at removing
the gland!....especially after reading the info you posted.
 
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