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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-02-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Cherry Eye...

Has anyone else heard of Havs with Cherry Eye? They are not listed as a common occurrence breed, but a lot of pictures I have looked up on it appear to be Havs.

Sonic has had Cherry Eye in his left eye for about a month and just this morning I noticed cherry eye starting in his other eye.. He was on the drops but they just seemed to annoy him without helping his eye. We have put off the surgery because his eye hasn't appeared to bother him, but now I'm seriously considering it... Any advice?

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Just thought I would provide you all an update. Sonic had the Cherry Eye Tucking Surgery done a little over 2 weeks ago. Man, did I feel horrible about it for the first few days. He was really groggy and not himself for several days, he had to wear the e-collar a lot and hated it, plus we had to put an ointment in his eyes twice daily for over a week (which he absolutely hated!). Well I will say after about the 3rd day, I could really tell a difference. He was his normal wonderful self and had stopped scratching at the eyes, which meant less time in the e-collar, but he still wasn't a fan of the ointment. His eyes look so much better, minus a little extra discharge that I have to clean out carefully a few times a day. I just thought I would post a "before" and "after" pictures. The before was the morning of the surgery and the after was about a week and a half later.
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There have been havanese on here that have had it. I just did a search and there are quite a few threads on it. Many of them mention that you should let the breeder know. I hope everything works out for Sonic and that his eyes heal soon.

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Cherry eye is common in many breeds, it is considered heriditary in many breeds, it is considered cosmetic, often you can push it back in to place, but generally it comes back. My lhasa has two, his are still soft after all these years but I manipulate them back in place on a frequent basis, so they have remained soft, with his latest problem I may not be able to do that and they will most probably become hard. I would not recomend doing this for years, my dog has other problems which made operating risky.

Most vets do this surgery, it is minor and I would suggest having it done, because even if you are able to put it back in place it will most likely come back. They can do this a number of ways I would suggest not allowing them to shave it off in any way, stitching back in place is better. I know there are others on the forum who have had this done, I hope they chime in.

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Abby just had her cherry eye surgery two weeks ago. She developed the prolapsed gland quite suddenly one day. My vet recommended having the surgery done by a specialist, who used the pocket technique, which has a higher success rate. She also taked down the other eye as most oga who prolapse one eye will have the other go as well.
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Hi,when My Tashi girl came into my life she already had cherry eye?I had used caffeine free-Chamomile herbal tea to help sooth her eye(not hot of-course)google it? until i could get her to my vet for her first visit? I choose to have her cherry eye tucked,it has been over a year now and would not ever be able to tell she even had it?oh she had it tucked same time she was spayed?I had seen a video on the internet some where on massaging around the eye,and some how it going back in?but i thinks that would have to be caught early?her other eye has never had cherry eye?so far her eyes are normal?
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That's good to know. I hope neither of our puppies ave any more problems. I, of course, have all kinds of problems with autocorrect on my iPad!
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So happy someone who had it done, did chime in.

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Thanks everyone. I'll probably try to get Sonic into a specialist next week to discuss the tucking surgery. Our regular vet said he generally does not do this kind of surgery so I would feel better visiting the specialist. I'm glad to hear that the people who have had the surgery seem happy with it and that it has helped.

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My Molly has cherry eye and it came and went while she was a pup but as she got older it became permanent. If it doesn't bother either of you, why put her through surgery? Unless you're showing her. I know it doesn't look pretty, but when & if it becomes troublesome I will have it taken care of. She's 8 now and so far it has not changed at all. I think it has shown up enough in Havs that it should be listed as one of the things to look out for. Good luck with your pup!
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The vet told me that the longer she had the gland prolapsing out into her eye, the greater the likelihood that there would be permanent damage to her cornea from the eventual hardening of the gland and resulting scratching against the eye. Abby is 10 months old. I don't want her to start life out with the probability of eventual corneal abrasions and permanent damage.
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