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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 09-07-2007, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I think Dilly has Cherry eye

We were up at my daughters school and I noticed her eye seemed red. I looked and the corner is all red and swollen.
We have an appointment with the vet tomorrow morning. I can't believe it, we have only had her 2 weeks and she is still so little.

For those of you who have been through this--did you use your vet or an opthamologist? Do they always need suregery?

My poor baby

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Start with your vet to get it confirmed, but get a referral to an ophthalmologist right away. Have your vet tuck it back in and show you how to do it. It is very important to take care of it as soon as possible, because there is a chance of getting it back in and having it stay in. However, once the gland is out for 48 hours, it is unlikely to get it back inside without a medical procedure being done under anesthesia (tacking the gland). If the vet can tuck it back in, he/she will probably ask you to keep Dilly as calm as possible for 48 hours because if her tissues are inflamed it is more likely to pop out. (Eye tissue can be inflamed due to allergies, which will make it easier to pop back out.)

If it doesn't bother Dilly, and it won't go back in and stay, you might consider just leaving it as is. The swelling does go down after a couple of weeks, and on some dogs it is hardly noticeable unless they are under stress, which seems to bring it out more.
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By the way, if you choose to get it tacked, I highly recommend that you go to a specialist and not a general veterinarian. The likelihood of it coming back out is greatly reduced with someone who has done hundreds of these on a regular basis.
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Although I am a firm believer in specialists you may want to have a long chat with your vet, see how many they have done too. We weighed all the options when Lexi had hers and it came down to the fact that my vet had done a lot, and she charges 1/2 of the cost that the specialist charges, and neither one will guarantee the surgery so if it has to be redone you pay full price again. I think a lot has to do with how much you trust your vet and their experiencel Lexi's surgery was 1 1/2 years ago & she is perfectly fine & has not had any problems. Good luck to Dilly
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I'm so sorry Let us know what the vet says. I think some have used vets and some have used opthos. You may want to PM good buddy (Christy), her little one, Rufus, recently went through the procedure also. I believe he was very litte, too.

Laurie, how old was Lexi when she got hers? I read somewhere that the chances went down at 1 year, I was wondering if that had any proof?

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Good luck with it Kim, I have no knowledge of these things, keep us posted.

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Kim -

Our little girl, Dani, had cherry eye in both eyes, both at separate times. The first one she was roughly 4-5 months old and the second eye was just a couple of months' ago (she is 17 months' old now). Our vets office did the surgery on both occasions (one of the doctor's specializes in eye stuff), and we have had no problems since the surgeries.

Let us know what your vet says tomorrow. We will be thinking good thoughts for Dilly's appointment.
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Kim,

Good luck at the vet tomorrow. Cherry eye, while a surgery still reletively minor. As long as you get it done in a timely manner, everything will be great.

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Lexi was actually about 2 years old when she had her Cherry eye - but we had it repaired right away and she has been great since. I read that the quicker you address the problem, the greater chance of success!

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Hi Kim,

I agree with getting her into the vet right away. The sooner you have it looked at/tended to the better! The membrane is delicate and will dry out if it stays out of the eye too long. Not all dogs need surgery, perhaps the eye is just a bit irritated. Rufus got his shortly after we got him too. It looked just awful, but since his surgery he looks great! We saw a specialist with Rufus. If you look for the thread 'Rufus has Cherry Eye' there are some pictures posted. His was looking pretty bad. Now you can't tell there was ever a problem.
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