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    Default He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    -image-jpg It breaks my heart!

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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Don't worry! It isn't painful for the puppy, even if it is horrible for you to see him that way. It is a common occurrence and is very, very treatable. Make an appointment, and take him to see your vet. Make sure he's a good, experienced Bulldog vet. Most likely, at this age, they might be able to be massaged back in. But once they come out, they'll probably keep coming out until a surgery is done. Options there are tacking it in, or removing the tissue altogether. I'm afraid that isn't a cheap procedure.

    Warning: My bulldog has never had this, I'm simply sharing information that I've gleaned from the site over time. Others who have dealt with this situation will be far more knowledgeable, but I didn't want you to worry!

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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    My baby had it, both eyes (not at the same time). My vet recommended laser. No stitches (which can open up) & less recovery time. It's been 5 years, it never came back.
    good luck let us know how he does.

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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Oh poor sweet guy, but he's still super super cute. It's looks bad, but it doesn't hurt him, but he has it pretty severe, both his eyes are almost covered, so it must affect his vision. I've been through this with my female Blossom, her right eye developed cherry eye when she was 5 months old, it was a smaller one in the corner of her eye, and at first I was able to massage it back in, but as time went by it wouldn't stay in any longer. They were going to the vet quite regularly because we were doing all the puppy exams, and vaccinations at the time, so I discussed the cherry eye with my vet, and we went over the surgery. I had researched it on the Internet and by asking others about their experiences. I read about removal of the gland, versus stitching it back in, both had their risks, removing the gland can cause problems with eye dryness, which would require lifelong eye drops or creams in the eye after the surgery, and stitching the gland back in has a risk of reoccurrence of the cherry eye in about 15 % of cases. My vet only stitches the gland back in, and she has her own technique she uses, and she has had success with it, she told me she had been doing this surgery for over 20 years, and she had a 85 to 90 % success rate of it not reoccurring. After talking to her we decided to do the surgery at the same time as we had Blossom spayed, which was when she was almost 7 months old, we had the eye repaired and it was a complete success, no swelling, infections, or complications post surgery, and her eye is beautiful we were very happy with the result. Unfortunately the left eye also developed cherry eye exactly a week after her surgeries, we had her spayed and eye surgery on a Friday, and the following Friday, her left eye popped out, and was a full cherry eye that covered about half her eye , we had a post surgery follow up, appointment the next day, so we showed the vet her eye, and we decided to book the surgery a month later to repair the second eye. Again it was a complete success, with no complications, and it's been over 5 months and both eyes are beautiful and no sign of any reoccurrence of the cherry eye.
    It would have been better if both eyes had been done at the same time, but since the two eyes came out 3 months apart from each other, we thought we were free and clear of the other one coming out. I would rather her not have to go through surgery and especially not under anesthetic twice, because of the risks, but we had no choice. The first surgeries, with spay and eye repair cost $850 , and the second eye surgery alone came to $950. The first one was cheaper because spay surgery is a discounted surgery, as it it encouraged to spay and neuter your pets, and the eye surgery was a secondary surgery, and because she was already under the anesthetic it was less expensive. The second eye surgery on its own, was more expensive, because she had to be put under again, and have IV fluids, medications, and recovery all over again. So in one way, you are lucky that both eyes came out at the same time, so you can have them repaired at the same time. Are you having your guy neutered? If so then I would have all 3 surgeries done at the same time, as it is less anesthetic exposure, and it is cheaper than doing 2 surgeries. Although at 3 months, your baby is way to young for surgery yet, even at 5 months when Blossom got the first cherry eye, I waited until she was a little older, and then did her spay surgery at the same time. Next time you are at your vets, for his needles, ask your questions, and discuss how he or she does the surgery, ask other people who have gone through this, and do your own research, since you have the time, since he's still too young for surgery, then you can make a choice that's best for you. I don't think there is any right or wrong way to repair it, many people have opted to have the gland removed, and had no problems, and some people have had problems with dry eye, and some people have experienced reoccurrence of cherry eye after surgery to stitch it back in place. It's an individual decision, and one you have to do your homework on, ask questions, and then make a decision that you and your vet are comfortable with. In the meantime while you are waiting for surgery, there are a few things you can do for the eye to minimize damage, or irritation to the eye. When the gland is exposed to the air, it can become irritated or swell due to it being exposed to the air, and drying out, I went to the drug store and got over the counter eye drops, for Blossoms eye to help keep it moist, I used Refresh eye drops, but any brand of artificial tears, or eye drop that is safe for human eyes, can be used on your dogs' eyes as well, or you could get a prescription eye drop or ointment from your vet to use, they probably are more expensive though, and eye drops from the drug store work just as well. Good luck in what ever you choose, and keep us posted on what your vet recommends and how he's doing.
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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Honey had cherry eye in both eyes. Do your research, make sure you have a bully knowledgeable vet, and follow your gut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Morris View Post
    -image-jpg It breaks my heart!
    Have you tried massaging it in??? I dealt with it for almost 3 months until my baby was able to be spayed then we opted for removal!!! There's a video on here about massaging the gland back in it works well!!!!! Also *talk to ur vet first this was recommended to me from my vet who knew Porkys health history* I gave her 1 low dose aspirin with food n water n it greatly reduced the swelling enough so that I was able to massage the gland back in!!!!


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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Otis had this too in both eyes, we had it fixed when he was spayed - cutting the glands instead of the stich down method. He's been perfect ever since with no dry eye.

    Until then we did use the massage method which work almost all the time, until about the last week before his surgery.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Raven regularly gets cherry eye in her left eye. I just massage it back in and it's gone. Hers pops out when she is playing hard and sometimes when we go outside and she starts rolling in the grass. I am going to continue to massage it back in and see what happens. I am sorry your baby is suffering from Cherry Eye. Do the massage until it's time to have him neutered and then have the surgery done. That way it's only an additional fee and you are putting him under just once.

    Good luck.
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    My EB, Briley, had cherry eye. I knew this was very common, and there was a high chance of having the other side pop out as well. I wanted to wait a few weeks or so to see if the other eye developed the problem before doing anything, because it would be easier and safer to do it all in one procedure rather than 2 and my vet gave me eye drops to use in the meantime. A few weeks went by and the other eye never had any issues. I had the option of tacking or removal. I chose removal because it was a one time procedure and I didn't want to risk it coming back after tacking and going through it all over again. I didn't want him to be put under more than once because of their known issues with it, so I took the risk of dry eye and had it removed. This was about 4-ish months ago and I've had no signs of dry eye! And the surgery was only $175!

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    I try to massage it back in, but to no avail. His eyes are very watery as well. I take him to Banfield Pet Hospital, and they have the monthly plan with neutering included. When we got him on Saturday, I saw that his eyes looked like they kinda had it. But now, he looks miserable.

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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Morris View Post
    I try to massage it back in, but to no avail. His eyes are very watery as well. I take him to Banfield Pet Hospital, and they have the monthly plan with neutering included. When we got him on Saturday, I saw that his eyes looked like they kinda had it. But now, he looks miserable.
    Poor Gretzky I would take him to a bull dog specialist Vet I am sure someone on the site can recommend one for you. I was told by my breeder not to take our pup to vets who do not understand the special needs and issues with Bulldogs
    Sending you and Gretzky good thoughts and hugs.

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    Default Re: He is only 3 months, and he has cherry eye in both eyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Morris View Post
    I try to massage it back in, but to no avail. His eyes are very watery as well. I take him to Banfield Pet Hospital, and they have the monthly plan with neutering included. When we got him on Saturday, I saw that his eyes looked like they kinda had it. But now, he looks miserable.
    Give it another try. I found that when I first started doing it the process took me a couple tries. I was always worrying if I was hurting her. Now I can do it lickety split. I am definitely contemplating the surgery because here and there I find that the other side pops a bit. Just need to do more research and see which procedure I am more comfortable with. For now though I continue to massage them in. Watch the video again, make sure you are both calm when attempting to do it. You will find in the beginning your baby doesn't seem to like it much but it's not hurting them. You just need to get comfortable doing it so you don't transfer your anxiety to him.
    Always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. See you at the rainbow bridge my sweet little Monkey. R.I.P. Raven.

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