Cherry Eye in French Bulldogs

Cherry eye is a health disorder that occurs when the tear gland of this third eyelid pops out of position.

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last updated November 04, 2019

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Cherry Eye

Did you know dogs have a third eyelid?

You’ve probably noticed it when your Frenchie was sleeping; it’s a red membrane in the eye that sometimes makes it look like their eyes are rolling back in his head. This membrane serves to protect the eye from debris, fight off infection, and produce some tears for the eye.

Cherry eye is a health disorder that occurs when the tear gland of this third eyelid pops out of position.

french bulldog cherry eye
french bulldog cherry eye

What causes cherry eye in French Bulldogs?

A congenital weakness of the tear gland in the eye is usually associated with cherry eye, however, it has not yet known whether it is inherited from parents. It’s also much more common in younger French Bulldogs, however, it can happen at any point in your Frenchie’s lifetime.

If your French Bulldog has a large, red mass protruding from its eye, take them to your veterinarian immediately. It’s important that you seek treatment quickly in order to minimize damage to the eye.

If cherry eye is left untreated, it may cause damage to the eye or third eyelid gland which may result in chronic dry eye. Severe cases of dry eye can seriously impair your French Bulldog’s vision. Don’t wait for cherry eye to go away on its own; go see your vet.


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