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Cherry eye in dogs is fairly common, and although it's not a serious condition it is odd looking and uncomfortable for Fido.
The classic symptom of cherry eye is a swollen, red lump at the inner corner of a dog's eye.
I adopted an adorable Great Dane/Basset Hound mix (yes, the end result is as odd as it sounds, but totally irresistible), from the local City Pound - and he had cherry eye.
As you can see, Ivan had a pretty big 'cherry' in his left eye, once I brought him home, our first road trip was to my vet!
To learn all about the causes and treatment of this problem, you can check out my 'Does Your Dog Have Cherry Eye?' page... but don't forget to come back here to read all about one dog's personal experience with this condition.... and see the before-and-after photos!
After taking a good look at his eye, she determined that his cherry eye had been there for quite some time (possibly even a year or more).
We figure Ivan is somewhere between 3 and 4 years old, and he may have had this since he was a pup.
The swelling was large, and quite dry. Not a good candidate for the less invasive, surgical option (which is tacking the gland back into place).
So, I made an appointment for him to have the gland/eyelid removed the following week.
Here's a look at how it all went:
An update on Ivan's post-cherry-eye journey and I'm happy to report that his eye is still perfect and he's had no issues with dry eye or any other potential side effect of his surgery.
At this point I still see no need for eye drops, now or in the near future, perhaps he may never need them. Woo hoo!
Obviously this is a 'story of one' and our experience is unique to us, but for anyone who might be considering the gland-removal surgery for cherry eye I hope Ivan's experience gives your hope and peace of mind.
This was not a horrendously expensive surgery (several of our family dogs have needed much more costly procedures for one thing or another), but it wasn't really cheap either.
Depending on where you live, the size of your dog, your veterinarian's pricing structure, and whether or not you elect to have the pre-op bloodwork done, and whether you need to take home medication, the average cost of dog cherry eye surgery is somewhere around $350 - $450 (per eye).
Ivan had the bloodwork done, and needed (!) painkillers and antibacterial eye ointment to go home with him, and my total bill was $472.00
Here's a look at the breakdown:
Obviously you could pay less than this if you don't do the blood-testing - and if Fido has had a thorough physical recently, or had blood work done for an earlier surgery or investigation you might not need it.
That testing is optional, and the vet can tell you if your dog is high-risk or low-risk, but there are no guarantees (even with the testing done), but I figured it was worth the extra $$$'s to give him that extra 'edge'.
From feedback that I've received from visitors to this page, it would seem that in many states the costs are higher than the ones featured here.
I live in a rural area in a state with a low cost of living. If you live in an urban area or a part of the country where costs are generally higher then veterinary care will be priced accordingly.
So, I hope this has helped you if you're worried about your dog.
I wish you lots of luck and hope that he (or she, of course) is looking and feeling as good as Ivan does, really soon.
I recently received an email from a visitor to this page who found the information on this page helpful when she was deciding how to treat her dog's cherry eye.
This is what she had to say:
'I enjoyed reading your post on Ivan's cherry eye surgery. It was informative and helped me decide to go ahead with surgery for my dog, Rainah (10 month old Rottweiler).
She had her 3rd eyelid removed today. Other than a little swelling, her eye looks normal. Total cost was $150.
I had purchased eyedrops a few weeks ago for $40 and will use those for 7-10 days post op.
She's acting perfectly normal this evening, running, playing, etc.
I want to thank Melissa for sharing Rainah's experience and for giving me permission to share what she wrote here. I hope it will give other dog owners in a similar position hope and confidence.
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