Today we're going to cover something that's very DIY in nature, but it falls well outside of the realm of "home improvement." Instead, it deals with a decidedly DIY approach to a medical issue. More specifically, one involving our beloved canine daughter, Lulu.

The homeopathic remedy I'm covering today deals with a very common genetic issue in dogs called "cherry eye." Let me warn you, some of the photos that are in this post can be unsettling. But allow me to assure you, even if they look gross, as long as the animals afflicted with this condition are treated in a timely manner, the animals are in no way in pain.

Cherry eye is actually a very simple issue involving the weakening, stretching, or detachment of anchoring tissue on an ocular gland that's sometimes referred to as a "third eyelid." In dogs this third eyelid plays a role that promotes oxygen supply and tear production to the eye. When working correctly, the third eyelid stays tucked away and out of sight. However, when anchoring tissue is not fully doing its job, this third eyelid can protrude from behind the eye and will be visible as a red or pink mass that partially obscures the corner of the eye.


Example of Cherry Eye in a Bulldog

Our story of cherry eye actually starts several years ago, in fact the very week we adopted Lulu. As new pet parents of Lulu, and having just lost Oliver after a long medical fight against cancer, Wendy and I were fragile yet optimistic about adopting our new girl. She seemed quite happy and healthy, albeit a little neurotic at times. One day, shortly after our adoption, we decided to head to PetSmart to have Lulu's nails trimmed and pick up a few supplies. Little did we know just how much Lulu hated, and I mean HATED, having her nails trimmed.

After several minutes of struggle that began to make our pet parent stomachs turn, they opted to take her to a back room to "calm her." In retrospect, we should have listened to our gut and called the whole thing off, but we didn't. We'll never make this mistake again, I can tell you that. When Lulu emerged with her trimmed nails, she also had a red blob over her eyelid.

We were shocked, as she hadn't arrived with this condition. The store staff were somewhat dismissive and said, "Oh, that was there when you brought her in." You should have seen how upset Wendy and I were. As I said, never again!

The PetSmart vet who was in the office gave us a "complimentary exam" and checked Lulu over due to our concern/upset. After a few minutes he diagnosed her with "cherry eye," a common and genetic issue impacting young dogs of certain breeds, including pugs. He said, "Surgery is really the only fix, and that will be about $800." Furious, and wanting a second opinion from our own vet, we went home...feeling like the worst pet parents in the world. How could we have let this happen?!?

On the way home Lulu was her normal drooling and neurotic car riding self, which made us feel a little better. And when we arrived home we immediately made an appointment with our vet, Dr. Farrell. We really didn't know what to expect, so I started looking around at various online resources. Apparently pet ailment websites aren't nearly as alarmist as human sites, because not once did any of them lead me to believe Lulu was sure to be done in by some rare disease. Instead, everything mostly said the same things. Through all of the references to surgery, antibiotics, and steroids, I noticed one thing that piqued my interest. It seemed that some people had luck through relaxation and gentle massage to repair the issue.

I gave it a shot with the instructions I found online and was able to correct the issue with the protruding gland. When we took Lulu to the vet the next day for her checkup, our vet almost didn't believe us that it had happened. She had never heard of cherry eye showing up due to thrashing trauma, and she also had never heard of correction through massage. However, she was very open to the idea and figured it was worth just keeping an eye on it. (We still think she just didn't believe it was actually cherry eye, especially with no photo proof.)

Fast forward nearly three years, Lulu has been cherry eye free after my massage fix...until this past weekend. I was walking out of our office and Lulu came prancing down the hall looking at me with a pink blob over here eye. I immediately knew what it was. This time I thought, "I'm going to actually get a photo of this!" Here's what I saw.

I don't know what she did, how she twisted, what angle she looked in, what squirrel caused her to bug out, or what anomaly occurred, but Lulu's third eyelid had made a reappearance. However, this time I was calm, cool, and collected. I knew of a way to potentially fix the issue on my own, and worst case, I knew we could always take her to an eye specialist to have the glad placed back in its appropriate place.

As a calm pet parent (good thing I was the only one home, Wendy isn't nearly as calm in these scenarios) I grabbed a clean cloth and dampened it with warm water.

Then the hard part, calming the beast. I worked to calm our normally somewhat spastic dog. That, in itself, was no easy task. After several minutes of tummy rubs and calm petting, I had myself a relaxed puppy.

Using the warm cloth I gently laid it over her closed eyelid on the affected eye. After allowing it to warm the area for a few minutes to promote tear production and lubricate the area (still rubbing her tummy), I began to slowly massage the area where the gland had protruded. If she had issues with dry eyes or no tear production, we'd also use eye drops to help promote a more slippery surface. Removing the damp cloth, I *very* gently moved my thumb over her eyelid, putting almost no pressure on her eye, from the center of her closed eye towards the corner of her eye near her nose. I repeated this several times until I felt the third eyelid almost suck back into the right place. I massaged just a little bit more because I think she was sort of enjoying the attention, then I stopped to take a look.

When Lulu opened her eye the pink mass had disappeared. No longer was her third eyelid protruding in a rather awkward manner. Best of all, I was able to correct it on my own before Wendy arrived home. The last thing I wanted was for Wendy to walk in, freak out, and then have her third eyelid pop out. I'd have to work on two patients at that point.

I believe the massage technique is a good option, but timing and severity of the issue is critical to success. The longer the issue is left untreated, the less likely the massage will be to correct the gland's location. Also, if it's a complete detachment of the anchoring tissue, there will be nothing that keeps the gland in place, so after massage, it will just pop back out. It's also true that this approach may not be resolving the root cause of the issue, and it may continue to occur at random points in the future, but thus far we've been nearly three full years since the last occurrence. If we can continue on that track record I think we're in pretty darn good shape. In the worst case scenario the issue can't be corrected using this homeopathic remedy or it keeps appearing frequently. In that case we'll need to pursue a surgical remedy. But we'll cross that bridge if we come to it.

One thing to note regarding corrective surgery on cherry eye are the typical approaches a surgeon may take. There are two primary approaches to correcting cherry eye from a surgical perspective. One deals with correcting the issue and securing the glad in the correct location, while another deals with surgical removal of the gland. If given the option, absolutely go with the first approach. The gland is essential for tear production and will cause many long term issues if removed. Typically it's only removed if the gland has been damaged by being left exposed for too long, so it's important to deal with this issue much sooner than later.

You need to do what you're comfortable with, and we're by no means medical experts on the subject. But after talking it over with our trusted vet, we're comfortable with this approach when the need arises. Also, if this happens to your dog, even if the massage corrects the issue, make sure you still take your pup to the vet for a checkup. There can be underlying causes of cherry eye that still need to be investigated to ensure there are not more serious problems at play.

I hope our tale of Lulu's cherry eye and our ultimate home remedy fix will come in handy if you are ever in a situation where you have to deal with cherry eye. I'm very interested to know, have you ever had a dog that has had this issue? What sorts of things caused it? And if you went the surgical route, what were your experiences? Anything you can tell us to watch out for or advice you can give is very welcome.

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6/20/2013 at 2:42 PM
This is COOL. I've honestly never heard of anyone "fixing" their dog's cherry eye on their own. I've seen some really angry red cherry eyes and I wonder if they ever would have gotten that bad if people would/coudl just massage them back into place.

Thankfully Tass is made up of a bunch of breeds not particularly susceptible for cherry eye. Ectropion, on the other hand...
8/12/2014 at 5:55 PM

I can confirm this method works !
At the present time I have a ScottieX
in my care who has a history of cherry eye.
Which appeared today without warning, I was not able to contact the owner to find
out if she had medication on hand.so I decided to go ahead and test the theory...within an hour the eye returned back to normal...it is was a huge relief because Jack only has one eye and any threat to it is a big concern.
Thank you for sharing your findings for a successful treatment.
Sandra

Sally
9/6/2014 at 11:42 PM

Did this 2x when my cocker spaniel was about 9 mo old. I told the vet I was going to try this and he said okay, that if it didn't work we'd do surgery. She is now 2 yrs 9 mo and never had to do it again nor did we need surgery. She has beautiful big eyes; so glad I tried this method of repair.

josh
12/18/2014 at 1:14 AM

i have a 3 month old springer with cherry eye and i tryed the warm cloth and masage in 5 minutes it was gone im so happy it was going to cost me $680 tomorrow at the vet my little lola is happy to

April
2/8/2015 at 7:35 PM

It didn't work y'all are full of shit!!

Julie
5/6/2015 at 12:24 PM

Thank You my 9 week old boston woke up with this after her nap I was very worried...This fixed it in under a minute...Lifesaver Can't thank you enough!

maxx
5/29/2015 at 3:40 PM

Super effective remedy i just try this method.in just a couple of seconds my dogs eye comes back normally.thank u so much

Janie
6/5/2015 at 1:57 PM

Thank you so much for this home remedy. My Chiweenie has had this problem on and off for a year now and I had accidentally massaged it back in, but knowing this is helpful I will continue to do it every time it pops out. Thank you again!

enrique
6/16/2015 at 12:37 AM

Thank you, this worked. I was scared at first because i saw her with cherry eye and i read this article her cherry eye was gone in 5 minutes
Thank you so much

Machele
6/26/2015 at 4:21 PM

This method does work tried on my dog all better now

Christie
7/5/2015 at 10:39 PM

I was totally panicking when I saw her eye looking quite odd! First thing I did was google cherry eye ..... I literally took your advice and it worked!!! I don't expect perfection but it sure made us feel at ease and I will continue to do this as long as it works
Thank u so much !!!!

andreea
7/7/2015 at 1:58 AM

this really works. you saved me from a trip to the vet. thanks

Vanessa
7/20/2015 at 11:21 AM

thank you soooo much!! I was completely scared when out of nowhere Watson had that horrible thing in his eye and massaging and keeping him calm did the trick, we had to do it twice in a couple of hours but now he's been perfect
Thank you! Alternative methods are worth a try!

Robin dyer
7/27/2015 at 1:09 PM

This happened to my beagle bella this past Saturday night. I am so gl as d I came across your article. It saved me alot of money at the vet

Robin Audet
9/22/2015 at 4:35 AM

Thank you so much for this information. I was just sitting on the sofa with my dog watching TV and when she looked up at me I seen this tinny red mass on the corner of her eye. I was so worried because right now I'm dealing with a very sick cat and the vet bills are starting to add up and to think of another one for my dog just worried me. I read your article and tried it right away and the tinny red mass is gone. I thank you so much. I'm going to keep an eye on her and once we get the cat tended to I will be taking my dog into the vet to have her checked. Thank you again.

Rhonda
11/1/2015 at 8:12 AM

Wow thank you! We woke up this morning and I noticed my cocker spaniel puppy Millie had this. I did just as you said; the hardest part was keeping her calm it went right back in. She's pretty crazy we might have to do this fairly often

11/1/2015 at 9:30 AM

Omg I've just tried this technique on my frenchy i followed the instructions to the dot and it's gone thank you so much for this.

Catt
11/7/2015 at 10:02 AM

I can't thank you enough for sharing this experience! I woke up and my sweet Zeppelin had "a little pink blob" in his eye. I start googling and at first panic thinking I'm going to have to take him to the vet and pay a huge bill. After walking away and stressing & praying, I gave Google another round and thankfully stumbled onto your post. After giving your warm cloth/massage method a try, the pink blob was GONE within minutes. TRUE JOY & gratitude for your post & prayers answered. Thanks for sharing and helping others!

Sara
11/8/2015 at 1:57 AM

We have 2 Boston Terriers , male and female from the same litter that are just turning 3 and the female has had a few episodes of this and the vet told us surgery too but I discovered that it came after she would roll around and rub her face in the grass a lot and that the histamine reaction was likely causing it to happen so when it occurred right away I gave her benedryl at the dose the vet said and it went away within a few doses . The vet said she had never seen this work before but keep doing it if it works . This time however I was away and my husband did not catch it until it had been red and puffy for a few hours and it has not gone away with the standard 2-3 doses of benedryl so I am going to try the massage in the morning . Thanks for the idea .

Jackie
12/29/2015 at 11:19 AM

Thank you so much! This worked amazing!

Tina
3/21/2016 at 6:07 PM

To my horror my 5 month old bulldog woke up from a nap with cherry eye. I always thought the only treatment for this was surgery. Thank goodness I came across your article. I soaked his eye with a warm wash cloth and his lid slid right back into place.

Thank you so much for sharing this information.

john
5/6/2016 at 8:11 PM

Thank you so much for posting this. This technique just worked on our 6 month old Rottweiler. She has beautiful eyes and we would have been so upset if we had to have them operated on.

Shelley
5/10/2016 at 1:38 AM

I took my 11 month old Maltese Shitzu to the vet yesterday and was told that she would need surgery to correct her "cherry eye" He gave me some ointment and said to book her in as soo as possible (quote was $560AUD for the surgery)...this morning it looks normal! I think I will leave the surgery for now. After reading your story I will monitor to see if it ever happens again. Thanks.

Julia
7/2/2016 at 10:51 PM

Omg! Thanks so much for posting this natural remedy! Just noticed my dog today with "cherry eye" and found your online post. And, as you described, I massaged the area and poof it was gone!!! Many, many Thx! It saved me a trip to the vet and our dog is just like new again!

Cubanita
7/3/2016 at 4:52 PM

Did not work for 10 month Dane. Two key things, it took me three tries for calm position for 5 -10 min massage. His cherry started Fruday. Emergency vet gave us cortizone neomycin cream. Either the ointment makes it too moist for positioning oe gland is not moving or, crazy Dane keeps moving head to pull it out. It's very difficult to truly see if gland is going back in.

Jason
8/23/2016 at 11:13 PM

Thank you! This totally worked on my Beagle. In just a few minutes of very very gentle massage on his eye, I lifted the cloth and his cherry eye was totally gone. It took maybe 3 or 4 minutes of calm, gentle, slow massage with a warm, damp cloth.

Agnes
8/27/2016 at 11:15 AM

Hello. I've tried this. It does work, however the gland continues to prolapse. Is that common? Vet said let's wait 2 wks and reeval since it comes and goes. If its present continuously then we need to think about further tx. I'm continuing the massaging and it goes back in but reappears throughout the day. Just worried. We are also using eye drops.

Julie
9/27/2016 at 6:45 PM

Just did this and it worked within 2 minutes! The start of cherry eye went back to normal.

Maribel
10/7/2016 at 10:21 AM

I came home from work and found one of my 3 month old baby shih tzu had a swollen eye. I was so scared. I have two more puppies and I thought they got into a fight and one of them scratched her eye. I waited a few hours for the swelling to go down but it never did. I was so scared. I searched online and everything was tell me to see a vet. Then I came across this page and followed the instructions exactly. Within a few minutes I notice the swelling going down. Then I began to massage it until it went back into her eye. I am so happy. Thank you so much for helping me. Felt so good to know I was helping and comforting my puppy. Thank you

Sherry
1/14/2017 at 8:00 AM

I massaged his face with a warm dry towel in a dim liting and just calm massage to his shoulders. It worked. Thought I'd try dry warm first. I didn't feel a it move but it sure worked

Thank you for the post

Amy L Heckman
1/16/2017 at 5:49 AM

This does work .. I have done similar to my chiwinnie and it has made it go away .. we went 4 yrs no cherry eye bit recently it has come back I think this time it is not fixable at homeAlt frowning I've had a lot of work and two new babies in 12 month period and didn't get to fix her quick enough . It's OK she's still beautiful and currently doc says no need for surgery just yetAlt smile

Jess
2/12/2017 at 5:00 AM

Hi guys I just want to say a big thank you for this blog post. I was bathing our 4 month old shihtzu when I saw this bulbous lump under his eye. I panicked and thought it was something awful so we booked him into the vet for that afternoon. The vet confirmed he had cherry eye and that it was very common in his breed and that they were reluctant to operate because of the complications and that we should just leave it alone and see what happens. He said to us that it could get worse and to keep an eye on it but for the mean time it wasn't bothering him. We came away from the vets with this information fresh in our minds and just looking at my little pup with this lump peeping out of his eye just did not sit well with me. After reading your post I massaged his eye back and fourth and before I knew it it was back in place! Thank you so so much for this guidence. I think we are all guilty of taking professional advice as gospel when clearly you guys were the ones that knew best. : ) xxx

jay
3/17/2017 at 2:09 AM

My english bulldog just had cherry eye and i just did the massage method. Worked like a charm. Hope it doesn't return but know what to do now. Thanks

Kelly
6/20/2013 at 2:46 PM
omg happened to my frenchie, probably 3 times now. The first time it happened, like you I was convinced it wa something terrible. But it seems to only happen when his eye gets irritated, like from the wind.

I just put some artificial tear eye drops in and massaged his eye and the eyelid returned to normal. I'm not sure if this is true cherry eye, or just signs of a predisposition to it :( or just normal doggie eyelid problems but I'm glad I read this post, makes me less nervous now that I see it happens to others and is fixed the same way.
Kelly
6/20/2013 at 2:52 PM
Ah also wanted to add that like LuLu, this happens pretty rarely for my dog, maybe once a year? so it is a great immediate fix and I hope the rarity and mildness of it for our furbabies means it doesn't get worse!
Seamus the Lhasa Apso
11/23/2014 at 1:30 PM

Well, we all freaked when my human sister, brother and mother saw my eye bulging with cherry eye. I'm six years old and have never experienced this issue before so of course my humans did a search and found your site. Thank the puppy-gods since my human dad, although he'd never go through with it, put a $500 limit on my medical care when he purchased me for my human mom. (He's Irish, so $500 is better than being shot for limping or whatever...) ANYWAY, my human mom washed her hands twice, soaked a clean wash cloth in hot water and massaged my cherry eye right back into place! Brilliant!

By the way, it only took two minutes...maybe the other posts where it took longer have hyper pups since I'm totally chill unless someone's in the kitchen, then I have to put on my game face. A dogs gotta' snack!
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Micah
9/21/2016 at 11:51 PM

I been using eye drops and rubbing them back in on my weenie dog rowdy for years, my daughter's weenie dog got them in both eyes and she took her to the vet and they removed them. She told them that i get rowdy's to go back in and they told her thats not possible, they have never heard of them going back in without surgery. Now i have a puppy from the two and she has them too. I feel they have allergies cause they will pop up at the same time, I give them benadryl ans eye drops and rub them back in. Rowdy is an easy fix being old and loving any attention he can get, but Lilly is a total spaz no it takes a lot of work to fix hers sometimes it can take a week of drops and eye rubs to fix it.

Diane Marquez
12/10/2016 at 3:24 PM

My Addie got her first eye when my mom was hospitalized and I think with all the stress in the our lab mix attacked and killed our dachshund then I noticed the second eye a few weeks ago I tried this but I think because it has been so long gone it is not working so looks like my Addie is looking at surgery Alt frowning
But I'm not going to give up I will try a couple more times she is only 7 months old rottie

Phyllis
6/20/2013 at 3:44 PM
I love the part:
"The last thing I wanted was for Wendy to walk in, freak out, and then have her third eyelid pop out" Lol.

I had never heard of this before. You've given great advice as to how to remedy this without an immediate trip to the vet. I'm a big proponent of homeopathic solutions.
We once employed one (suggested by our vet) on our previous Golden Retriever who had eaten a razor blade. Needless to say I was in hysterics, the vet was very calm. Apparently, I had come to learn later, retrievers are known for their fascination with foreign objects. Thank goodness our current dog only seems to be interested in soap and nothing else!
6/21/2013 at 2:08 PM
Poor Lulu girl. So happy to hear that you were able to treat her without an additional traumatic trip to the vet.
Will
6/23/2013 at 6:40 PM
Our dogs also hate having their nails clipped. I have to make sure they play fetch on pavement routinely. Wears them down naturally.
Annamarie
12/30/2013 at 7:21 PM

Our 7 month old bullie started showing a cherry eye and I was able massage it back. Also she was terrified of nail trims as well. Boiled chicken works wonders. She now almost falls asleep in my lap as she associates chicken with nail trim.

1/21/2014 at 10:41 PM

It's a snow storm tonight in Jersey. After my female dog izzy comes up from some down time she has cherry eye for the second time. The snow storm in full force I tried this remedie and it worked great. She of course is the hyper one of the two but after getting her to calm down and take to what was going on she was fine after about 10 min of the warm cloth. Thanks for posting this it saved me money and my girl is as good as new

Shelly
1/29/2014 at 10:20 PM

Thank you so much ! This worked for me and I have to tell I was scared when I saw this . But thank you again

Cynthia
2/14/2014 at 9:37 PM

I have never heard of Cherry eye in a dog. I have a peke a poo and her eye has been like this for about three months because I didn't know what it was. I barely have money to keep my house going in that I've been unemployed since September, so taking her to th vet is not an option. Hopefully I can continue to try the massage method and it will help. Thanks for the information, I just wish I would have known sooner. Let me know if you know of any agency that might help with the vet.

Micah
9/21/2016 at 11:56 PM

Try giving benadryl and using eye drops, use eye drops and rub eyes daily it helps. When they are out very long they start getting really red, swollen and dry.

Treasjure
2/15/2014 at 8:04 PM

OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH I JUST KNEW AFTER YOUR STORY I WOULD SEE CLICK HERE AND SUBSCRIBE NOW TO GET THIS AT HOME REMEDY LOL THANK YOU SO MUCH MY DOG GOT THIS RANDOMLY AS WELL AND THANK TO YOUR REMEDY SHE IS ALL BETTER I WILL MAKE SURE TO SHARE THIS WITH ALL DOG OWNERS. YOU ARE A GOD SEND I WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT MY BABY!! LULU SHOULD THANK GOD FOR SUCH AN ANGEL AS A PARENT. I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH!!! ????????

Cat le
2/17/2014 at 6:44 PM

Thank you so much for this I never write on blogs but I am so grateful thank you so much. My dog had red eye 5 years ago as a pup, he had the surgery to pop it in place and only sometimes it would come out if he had a irritation.but always immediately went back in. But this time it was stuck out so I quickly tried this and can't believe it work. Thank you so much for sharing. Lulu is a very lucky dog to have amazing parents. Nico the pom sends his thanks tooAlt smile for saving his butt for what we thought would be another surgery.
Xx

Donia Orsolini
2/18/2014 at 5:30 AM

THANK YOU for the informative blog including how to instructions and photos. Our 3 month old French Bulldog, Bob had the pink eye bulge yesterday out of the blue. Since our vet couldn't see him until later today I googled cherry eye to learn more about it. Your site was the first to appear. I followed your instructions and IT WORKED!!! Thank you thank you. Wish I could upload his before and after photo.

Donia Orsolini
2/18/2014 at 5:30 AM

THANK YOU for the informative blog including how to instructions and photos. Our 3 month old French Bulldog, Bob had the pink eye bulge yesterday out of the blue. Since our vet couldn't see him until later today I googled cherry eye to learn more about it. Your site was the first to appear. I followed your instructions and IT WORKED!!! Thank you thank you. Wish I could upload his before and after photo.

vcr
2/21/2014 at 12:15 PM

I had my Shichon puppy's corrected and 6 weeks later it appeared again. I as well rather not put her through another operation. It will come and go. I have been using an ointment that helps bring down the inflammation but I would like to find what is causing it. I now think that all along there is a stressful experience that is causing this and your mention of the stress related incident of nail clipping and Lulu coming out with the cherry eye, sort of affirms the sequence of events for mine. It seems that after she gets groomed she has a flare up. She gets groomed every 6 weeks and this is why we keep seeing it reappear. I'm not sure if water or chemicals are getting in her eye and affecting her. For now I'm going to try massaging it as you did and see if it helps.

Kiara
3/8/2014 at 6:23 PM

Oh my gosh, thank you so much. I was so worried about my 4 month English bulldog. I was freaking out crying. Thanks to your help it went away so quick. I appreciate you so much. ??

Tish Mercier
3/8/2014 at 9:17 PM

Going to try this. Never seen it before and my little 1 year old woke up with it this morning. Will let you know the results.

Kayla
3/14/2014 at 2:30 PM

My 10 month old beagle puppy woke up with this yesterday morning! Took him to the vet and all she wanted to do was surgery, not even try meds, eye drops or the massaging! I massaged his eye while he was asleep and calm and it worked! No surgery nowAlt smile thanks!

Todd
3/16/2014 at 11:11 AM

Thank you so much! This worked on my 11 week old boston terrier pup like magic!

Jenny
1/23/2015 at 8:59 AM

My 8 week BT developed this last night... She is very hyper, starts fight with litter mates... And gets extremely upset when she doesn't win... Hoping this might help...

KNM
3/19/2014 at 10:24 PM

My dog randomly developed the exact same pink eye mass in the corner of her eye just thirty minutes ago. I was freaking out and panicking as soon as I saw that surgery is what is needed to correct it. I found this page and went to go get a warm wet cloth and when I came back, the pink mass was gone! I'm worried it is going to come back.

nanci
4/8/2014 at 3:38 PM

our beautiful little mela is half boston terrier and half king charles cavelier about a week ago i noticed this mass also on her eye. i felt so bad for her and didnt know what to do. mela is my sons dog and he was not home. i panicked but when my son came home he read up on it and thank god for computers he took so many peoples advies and massaged the gland back in place. hopefully it was the first and last time mela goes through that horrible experience

MBC
4/16/2014 at 10:09 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH!! This worked almost instantly!! I freaked when I saw my 12 wk old Boston Terrier's eye with that bulge! So glad I found your post! Our Max thanks you too!!

Alison
4/20/2014 at 3:25 PM

Thank you so much for this!!! This fixed our 7month old cavalier instantly!!!

Sandra Bradford
5/1/2014 at 6:07 PM

Napolean & Me THANK YOU!!!!!!!! ??

Jonathan
5/23/2014 at 12:15 AM

My 6 month old puggle pup developed cherry eye today, and I was so upset at the idea of surgery. I am so glad this site came up, because I massaged his eye and it popped right back in! Thank you so much for this natural remedy! He went swimming today and I believe the chlorine irritated his eye, causing this, but either way, glad I could avoid putting my pup in the operating room.

Lauren Cole
6/15/2014 at 2:17 PM

OMG!! Thank you so much for posting this story. I was so worried when my sweet little Boston Terrier, Dixon developed this problem. I was certain he was uncomfortable and that something was terribly wrong. After reading your story, I tried to help him right away. Your instructions worked almost instantly. Now I'm looking into the perfect bug eyed baby I love and am so grateful for your help! Thank you!

kathy darden
6/20/2014 at 12:33 AM

My Chi got cherry eye pretty often as a pup, then went thru about a year without it. Now have a new pup who wants to play with him and in the past couple of months has had cherry eye 3-4 times.

I use your method and it works every time. Tonight was a little more difficult, so I came back to read your directions and discovered that I had forgotten about the warm compress. Most times I didn't need it, tonight I did.

Cherry eye all gone and will remember warm compress in the future.

Thank you so much.
K.

Dawn
6/21/2014 at 7:16 PM

Hey I'm and getting a puppy that is a 11 weeks old with cherry eye she has had it Sent's she was born no one did anything for her just wondering would it be safe to try this and see if it helps her??

Alex
7/1/2014

I can't see why it wouldn't be safe to try, though I know it's harder to get rid of the longer it's in that state.

Ali
7/1/2014 at 2:38 PM

My 7 month old chihuahua has this problem. He developed it after an allergic reaction to spot on flea treatment. He was frantically rubbing his face on the carpet, next thing he had cherry eye. Its been three weeks now. Vet prescribed fucithalmic eye drops but its still there. Is it to late to try this massage technique. I want it gone, but its not bothering my pup at all. Help???

Alex
7/1/2014

I'd say it's probably not too late to try. Worst thing is probably that it just won't go away.

Carolina
7/1/2014 at 6:25 PM

Omg!! He did not wanted to go to the groomer!!!

Unnur Magna
7/13/2014 at 8:54 AM

Hi - thank you so much for this post.. I have a french bulldog with bad esophagus and regurgitation sometimes - especially in the morning when his stomach acids are high in the esophagus.....he got a cherry eye when trying to vomit and thankfully your post helped me. I massaged it into place with warm washcloth.....
Best regards from Iceland.Alt smile

Pete
9/26/2015 at 8:54 AM

You might want to try a "Bailey" chair for your pup. We did, made a world of difference.

Crystal
7/15/2014 at 2:10 PM

Wow!!!!!...I did this to my dog and the bump in her eye was fixed almost instantly...I couldn't believe it thank you sooooo much for your post

J
7/20/2014 at 1:23 AM

Thank you so much! I freaked out when my bulldog got cherry eye. It was on a Saturday night and I almost took him to the emergency vet clinic but then I looked it up and every post said he'll need surgery except for your post. So I thought let's just try....and it worked !!!! Thank you!!

Tucker
7/26/2014 at 11:26 PM

Thank you.. My eye feels much better. And I was so grateful for the quick fix that I had 10 minutes of uninterrupted play time with my human.

Yvonne
8/3/2014 at 8:18 AM

I'm so relieved! My 6 month old Lhasa had corrective surgery for her cherry eye before we adopted her at 4 months of age. Last night she was playing very hard with her toys and I tried to settle her down by holding her before bedtime. Needless to say, this was the wrong thing to do. Out popped her cherry eye. I put her in her kennel and said "Good Night" and began my google search. Luckily I found you! I went and retrieved my now sleeping puppy (with a warm wash cloth in hand) and began the process of rubbing her belly and using the warm wash cloth on her eye. Two or three passes with the warm wash cloth and the cherry eye was gone! Let me say that she is used to the position of belly rubs and warm washcloths as I've been wiping her eyes every day. It's been part of my routine to prepare her for grooming and to keep her eye area clean. The cherry eye that she had surgery runs more than her other eye. We had our first grooming last week and it went wonderful! Any questions about how we prepared a very unruly pup for grooming, please contact me. I'd love to help. Again, thank you for the home remedy for the cherry eye. It was almost like witnessing an inverted eye contact that one corrects before putting it in your own eye! One little pop and that was it! Sooooo Happy!Alt smile

Tammy
8/21/2014 at 9:52 PM

Bully with a cherry eye and your website was a godsend...thanks so much for your wisdom and it worked like a charm!!! God bless

edna agbayani
8/24/2014 at 5:32 PM

So.happy that you share a helpful advice about cherry eye bec our dog have it for 2yrs. Im so surprised to notice juz now that it suddenly it disappeared . our dog is a 3 yr old lhatese..he is buchok.
I am puzzled how it suddenly disappeared thats why i immediately google for answer and came across your article. I juz concluded mybe bec we always massage his eye and our little dog neneng also a lhatese keeps on licking the eye of buchok, it helped to relax the third eyelid. Now i know what to do nxt time it will appear if ever. Thank you for your useful contribution

Mollie
8/30/2014 at 12:44 AM

Oh my goodness.. it worked!!! Our pup Rumble is 14 months and looks exacccctttly like LuLu! Wrinkles, black... same mush! Alt smile I'm so glad I read your post... you made my week!!!!

Nichole
9/3/2014 at 8:05 PM

We actually have a two year old Maltese and were told the same things by our vet - It can only be corrected with surgery. We were actually saving for a few months for her procedure and she ended up being sprayed by a skunk! Throughout the intensive cleaning process involved after something such as this, we discovered (once she was dry) that the cherry eye was gone! She did get sprayed in the face so we were carefully massaging in that area and in the same manner whilst cleaning. It has yet to come back and the vet was even shocked! She of course acts no different but we saved a lot of money and know that she is happy and healthy! Thank you for providing this to the masses!

Kristin
9/22/2014 at 8:46 PM

Awesome! Worked beautifully! Seriously only
Took 2 minutes and my bulldog loved it! I wish I could post pics... You'd be amazed!!

Biz
10/9/2014 at 1:08 PM

This works my frenchie woke up with cherry eye as I was reading this I started to massage his eye gently and by time I got done reading it went away thank youAlt smile

Jose Vargas
10/12/2014 at 11:01 PM

Is it possible for someone to share a video with me how how exactly this is done? I have just adopted a Cane Corso who was surrendered by a breeder who did not want a pup with this issue. Mr. President is just 8 months old and needs me to help him with his cherry eye. If someone knows of a video showing how to properly do this procedure, please share it with me.

Thx

haydee
10/16/2014 at 10:33 PM

OMG this happened to my 4 month old Shih Tzu today. I left her to pick up my daughter from school, came home and saw this pink blob in the corner of here eye. I was really freaked out. I took her to Banfield hospital at Petsmart - so not have pet insurance. I was charged $48.95 for the visit. The vet took a q-tip and pushed the third eye lid back in. It took a few tries before it set back into place. I was told that they need to check the eye to see if its scratched $40, and medication will be about $40 something and no i didn't do this bc I didn't have the money. Pepper is fine for now and I hope there's no underlying problem. I will continue to monitor it and try this massage. Thank you so much for posting this. I also will not freak out - or at least try not to. I will definitely try this and report back. Thank you.

Alex
10/17/2014

Hi Haydee. We know how hard it is not to freak out, even after we tell ourselves not to freak out. Hopefully you won't have any other issues, and if you do hopefully this will work for you.

Since you mentioned insurance, you might want to check out a post we did on the pet insurance company we've used for the last few years. http://oldtownhome.com/2012/1/26/Mels-Health-Scare---Why-We-Choose-to-Have-Pet-Insurance/

Absolutely worth it in our opinion.

Teri
5/19/2016 at 3:33 AM

PLEASE DO NOT use a Qtip yourself to push the 3rd eyelid back into place. Their cotton swabs are very tightly wound and the cotton will not come off into the eye. The Qtips we buy at the store can shed cotton fibers and end up trapped in between the eyelid and your dog's eye and scratch it, possibly causing infection or could damage it so bad that your pup could lose it's eye. Not to mention the possibility of an accidental injury if the dog were to move suddenly or if your hand were to slip.

Sorry, I HAD TO comment this because there ARE people that would possibly attempt doing something that you described your vet doing. You may want to reconsider some of the information that you put out there in the future, knowing that it could possibly bring harm to an innocent puppy dog ?? Not everybody has common sense, unfortunately. Sadly, I've seen the aftermath of plenty of those who fall in that category.

I'm not trying to come across rude, I would just die if any animal were hurt because of the stupidity of a single human being...and it could happen... Have a good night everybody.

And yes, this is all great info for cherry eye. I had a Blue Heeler, Katie, that used to shake her toys so hard that it popped her tear duct out...hence the cherry eye. It WAS DEFINITELY trauma induced. Heelers are not a cherry eye common breed. Seriously, I had vaulted ceilings (like at least 22 ft high) with pot shelves that I could put decorations up on about 2/3 the way up the wall, and I would find her toys up on those shelves from her flinging them so hard when she played with them. Or I would come home to find marks on my ceiling where the toys had hit it. I had to end up taking her toys away from her before she shook both of her eyes out of her head lol. But really, not lol! Obviously her cherry eye surgery did not hold. Her tear duct popped back out shortly after she healed up. As long as your dog's eyes produce tears still, and they are not drying out, they are ok. That is what my vet told me. But I did still put ointments in when her eyes would look pretty irritated...ie:springtime or during the windy /dusty weather.

Kyle
10/23/2014 at 3:16 AM

Just wanted to say thanks. My little wiener dog gets cherry eye every now and again and it usually just goes away so we never worried, but this last time it had been here for nearly a week do I started looking around and I found your blog. I massaged her eye for about 5 minutes and it finally was gone!

Killian Potter
10/26/2014 at 10:00 PM

I do think that this can be a trauma induced condition. I took my bulldogs to the vet to have a skin infection looked at. After minutes of holding Gunner still and the vet getting a sample, I noticed the "cherry eye" by the time we left the vet it was gone.tonight i noticed that our female now has the red bump so I am going to try the massage tecnique

Jacqueline
11/12/2014 at 6:40 AM

My shar pei just got cherry eye,the vet charged me 45 for eyedropsn said at least 200 for a op so I went home n looked on this site and within ten minutes of doing this it was gone and has back to normal I honestly wouldn't of believed it unless I saw but it actually works and I'm over the moon with it!
So thank you he would have had to have surgery if it wasn't for the this site

11/17/2014 at 5:57 PM

wow its amazing would it work on a big cherry eye the red mass is big and just want to know if it still works

Ren
11/30/2014 at 7:46 PM

This definitely WORKS!!! Thank you!!!
The red bulge was pretty small but I notices it right away because my Pom's eye became supper red and he is creme color so his eyelids and facial skin lining (nose, lips, eyelids) are normally pink so the red bulge was very visible. It stayed like that over night. I thought it was some irritation and it will go away, but then the next day I saw the bugle was a bit bigger so I googled what is this issue. I just did the massage on his eye and the warm compress and I tried pushing the bulge inside towards to corner between the eye and the nose. I did this for maybe 10-15 min and it was gone, it had all gone inside and the eye had the white part showing as regular. I will be monitoring of course to see if it happens again. I think it could happen from irritation, like dirt/liquid getting in the eye (like pink eye) and from stress when they are freaked out causing them to bark a lot.

Again, thank you for sharing this.

Robin Huffman
1/2/2015 at 12:11 PM

I tried this, and it worked for about a minute, then the cherry eye came back. Any suggestions?
Thank you

Kimberly
1/8/2015 at 4:17 PM

Thank you! This worked really well! I could tell our boy felt instantly better!

Tyler
1/13/2015 at 12:37 PM

I have an English Bulldog and his cherry eye has gone away and come back multiple times. Once it was there for more than an hour I tried to massage it back for 3 minutes. It didn't seem to help (though I don't know exactly how much pressure to put on while massaging). Luther's cherry eye seems to be a little more inflamed then some of the other pictures. My vet told me to either just leave it there and he would live a perfectly normal life with it or to get it surgically removed. Should I put more pressure and try to massage for longer? With how big it was, I was afraid to do any sort of permanent damage by applying to much pressure. HELP

Bobbi Lynn Reckers
1/14/2015 at 11:36 AM

I am having an issue with our new pup, as well. I had never seen this before, and when it happenned, I thought he had been playing too rough with our older dogs, or had scrated his eye with his nail, or something. I wasnt sure and I was So Upset until my son found articles and videos on home remedies for cherry eye. I know it needs to be dealt with pretty quickly, but Im so scared to hurt him!! When you massage his eye, which direction should you be massaging it, and how much pressure should you be putting on the cherry eye?? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!!

Janie
6/5/2015 at 2:16 PM

This is from her post:
" I very gently moved my thumb over her eyelid, putting almost no pressure on her eye, from the center of her closed eye towards the corner of her eye near her nose. I repeated this several times until I felt the third eyelid almost suck back into the right place."

Sarah
1/17/2015 at 5:59 AM

Hello.
I own a 10yr old maltese x
Shes had a cherry eye for…3years? It used to go away then come back but now it just stays. I use eye drops but now it is really red and large. Please help. This dog means everything to me

Jenny
1/23/2015 at 9:12 AM

My 8 week old BT, was just at the vet 2 days ago for checkup, shots and health certs, developed this last night... She is very hyper... She loves starting fights with her litter mates and gets upset when she doesn't win...

glenn
1/24/2015 at 5:07 PM

I just tried this technique and I gotta say it works! This morning I noticed my little Clyde With a fleshy looking thing in the inner canthus of his eye. Didn't think anything of it til an hour later it bulged out. Of course I went straight to the internet to find informaacrn and all I was finding is surgical procedures until I can across this website. Thankful that I did because now I managed to correct the problem without having to go to the vet

Lu Post
2/1/2015 at 8:40 AM

Thank you so much for your article. I have Bagel (part beagle, part bassett) that I rescued 3 years ago. A week after we got her, she developed a cherry eye in her right eye. It cost us $1,000 to fix it, including our poor girl having to wear the cone of shame for several weeks. This morning, we woke up and Chloe had a cherry eye in the other eye. I immediately went online and read your article, followed the steps, and in less than a minute, the cherry eye was gone. We both thank you SO much!

Mr. Pickles
5/4/2016 at 3:28 PM

As a chihauhua, I do NOT like the cone of shame!!

Thia
2/10/2015 at 11:51 PM

Thank you so much for posting your story. I came home tonight to my 8 month old Rottweiler having developed cherry eye....his eye looked exactly like the picture of your dog. I used your method with the warm washcloth and massage and within 3 minutes the gland had moved back to the correct spot. Here's hoping it doesn't happen again, but if it does, I know what I can to to fix it before I have to make a spendy trip to the vet!

Sherri Parker
3/3/2015 at 7:46 PM

Thank you for sharing this! My 9-week old Cane Corso puppy had this happen while playing with our 2 year old cocker spaniel. I did just what you said and it popped back in! So glad. Hope it stays there!!

3/21/2015 at 12:32 PM

Wow ... ! I have Lionel Richies pup Cairo and this morning one minute fine next minute "cherry eye " i put a tint bit of eye antibiotic warm wash cloth amd massaged and im really stunned how easy it was ... Im a trainer and this is a great experience since I have many dogs to contend with.... thx much it only took 3 min ....! Im sending this to Lionels peeps and ttell them what just took place

Chanel
3/22/2015 at 3:24 PM

We rescued a boxer who, unfortunately, had a bad case of cherry eye for what they suspected had been months before the rescue group found him. The damage was too bad to leave the third eyelid on that eye, so they had to remove it. This morning he had a big pink blob on the other eye but I remembered finding this page when I was looking up cherry eye after his surgery to see what caused it. Anyway, I just followed your directions (easier said than done when trying to calm a boxer, especially when his Chihuahua companion keeps barking) and it worked perfectly! I am very appreciative of your instructions as my boxer does not like going to the vet.

Jojo
3/27/2015 at 12:25 AM

This method absolutely works. I am a visual learner, so I had to look it up on YouTube for clarification but I'm so glad I found this page before I spent a mortgage payment on surgery for my furbaby!

Robin Huffman
3/30/2015 at 12:20 AM

This didn't work for me. The first time I thought it worked, but the cherry eye came back in about an hour. The second time, no results at all. Is it okay to put 'people' eye drops in her eye and try again?

Robin Huffman
3/30/2015 at 1:06 AM

I was trying to edit this comment and got "timed out. I thought it wouldn't post but it did. Sorry for posting two comments, but the other one is much more detailed. So ignore this one! Alt stuck<em>out</em>tongue

Robin Huffman
3/30/2015 at 12:48 AM

This didn't work for me. The first time I thought it worked, but the cherry eye came back in about an hour. The second time, no results at all. Is it okay to put 'people' eye drops in her eye and try again? Also, I should mention that Josie's cherry eye comes out every 1-2 months, then goes away on its own within a few days. My Vet is aware of the situation, so I know the dangers if it remains too long. Josie's had the surgery to repair this condition on both eyes already. The eye that the cherry eye has had the recurrence was operated on through the dog sanctuary where we adopted her about a year ago. The other eye was also operated on through the same circumstances, but we had already made the adoption arrangements, and paid for the second surgery ourselves prior to taking her home. I found her through online sources for adopting rescue dogs and the sanctuary and Vet is over 2 hours away, so I'm not sure if it's worth attempting to get the Vet to warranty the failed procedure. Our Vet said he warranties this procedure for a lifetime. Josie is the best dog ever and she's brought such joy into our lives that we will do whatever is best for her. I've become disabled and can no longer work, so avoiding paying for another surgery would be great. Thanks for any help!

Katherine Mellott
4/3/2015 at 5:56 PM

Your article is awesome. Thank you. I have a 2 year old Chihuahua who developed a Cherry Eye 10/3/14. I took her to the vet and they advised surgery was recommended. I wanted to think about it as Pinkie is my baby & very sensitive. She would not handle a surgery nor an overnight stay well. I kept putting it off & then 4/2/15 in the evening, it miraculously disappeared. I "googled" to see if there was anything about them disappearing and came across your article. I will keep it handy in case it comes back. Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't. Thank you!

michelle desimone
4/10/2015 at 9:45 PM

I must did this to my 4 month old boxer, thank you for the information on how to massage the eye, it worked like a charm. Thank you so much .

Jessie
5/13/2015 at 4:59 PM

Thank you so much for this article! My yorkie came in and I noticed this bulge on her eye. Immediately went to Google and figured out it was cherry eye and your article was the second one I read. It's only been there for at most a few hours as she didn't have it this morning, but I got a washcloth and ran it under warm water and placed over her eye. I didn't even have to get to the massaging part, as when I lifted it after about a minute, the gland had already went back into place. You just saved me a trip to the vet!

Racquel
5/15/2015 at 4:43 AM

My 5months old had cherry eye in both eyes for 3 months ca this be done by massage?

Kristina
5/16/2015 at 10:51 PM

I just wanted to take the time to personaly thank you for this post!

I had a scary moment when I looked at by Boston terrier after a play session with his buddy to notice his eye was huge and his tear duct was bluging from his eye.

I immediately went online, I knew somebody, somewhere would know what this is and how to fix it. You were my first post to read and it worked like a charm, within 2 minutes his eye was back to normal and he was licking my face again! So thank you for helping me calm down and helping my dog!

Cary
5/17/2015 at 3:47 PM

So today I noticed my 2 year old chihuahua with the protruding third eye.. I was terrified as I knew it was the cherry eye! I immediately started looking online and stumbled across your page.. I am grateful and thankful I did. I did the warm compression and eye drops then the massage and it worked wonders!! The cherry eye is gone!! I will continue to monitor my little pet but so glad I caught it on timeAlt smile again thank you so much for sharing!!

Randy
5/21/2015 at 5:10 PM

Thanks a million for sharing this great info. My 9month old Maso Mastiff puppy had developed this problem today - it was quite scary to see it there. Read your massage solution and tried it and to my amazement and relief it worked perfectly. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!!

Mike Stokes
5/26/2015 at 3:41 PM

This fixed my dog's cherry eye with very gentle massaging. Awesome, thank you!

Meagan
6/5/2015 at 9:11 PM

Today, Jun 5, 2015, My english bulldog, Easton, developed cherry eye. I have never had an animal have this condition, however, before I purchased Easton I read up on the english bulldog breed. The english bulldog breed is likely to get "cherry eye." Anyway, today was Easton's bath day. He was fine. That is, no cherry eye. I left the house for an hour and came home to find Easton with full blown cherry eye! I was freaking out, to say the least. I immediately called his Vet, however, they would not be able to see him until Monday June 8, 2015 at 3:00! This simply would not do, so I went to my computer to find some ways to possible fix it myself, and if not Easton and I would be taking a trip to the emergency vet.
Then, I stumbled upon this page. Thank god I did because I did the warm wash cloth technique on Easton, and it worked!!!!!! It worked within minutes! Now, I am prepared if it happens again!!!
THANK YOU

Christina
6/7/2015 at 1:58 PM

It works! Woke up this morning and noticed Tank had this issue. I did exactly what you recommended with excellent results. Thanks a bunch AlexAlt smile

Tracey
6/26/2015 at 5:04 PM

What an awesome and incredibly informative discussion. My husband is massaging "Darla's" cherry eye right now. More to come.......Well, it's not working up we're not giving up hope. We'll continue to try this weekend and if it's still there on Monday, we'll take her to the vet.

peter
7/3/2015 at 3:34 AM

I once cured an ambilical hernia on a pit bull puppy using the same massage technique while holding and pinching the opened area of the belly button for minutes at a time 30 minutes daily for about two weeks until it sealed shut hernia was gone(you cannot play with puppy until this is healed) I was very surprised it was magic a little love hope and patience went a long way.My daughter just baught a Chihuahua puppy that has a mild case of cherry eye ,I'm glad I did a search and found this, thanks it was just what I was gonna try wish me luck a friend.

7/8/2015 at 1:22 PM

OMG! Thank you for posting this! I got an english bulldog puppy and yesterday his eye was doing this and i was so scared! So I did exactly what you said, and it worked immediately! I am still going to take this little guy to get checked but I was so upset, and worried. Thank you again so much! XOXO Tewai

Babs
7/12/2015 at 7:57 PM

Me and my English Bulldog puppy thank you! It worked and was painless

7/14/2015 at 12:46 AM

Wow will be trying this.might save me trip to vet. Vet charge here is more expensive than human check ups in clinics! My rescued cat has its eyegland protruding. The third eyelid is white not red like in your dog's. Wish me luckAlt smile www.pisceanrat.blogspot.com

Carly
7/24/2015 at 3:07 AM

Thank you so much for this post. We have a 7 mo old english bulldog and all of a sudden one night he walked over to me and had cherry eye. I was completely taken back cause i had seen him minutes before and he was fine. I found this post and it worked! We distracted him with treats while we dd the remedy and were so relieved we wouldn't be taking him to the vet the next day...dont need to spend $800 anytime soon! Hopefully!

Stacy
8/5/2015 at 8:49 PM

my dad's dorkie developed this a few months ago. I came across this post and tried it! It worked!! ??????

carrie
9/4/2015 at 9:43 AM

my dog had the same thing. I took a warm cloth and massaged his eye and within minutes it was back to normal. This works great. Thank you Jesus!!!

Sherine
9/11/2015 at 9:38 AM

I would just like to say thank you for posting this. I have 4 pure breed cockers and 4 weeks ago I just paid $825.00 for my eldest(7yrs old) to have eye surgery to fix her cherry eye. The vet told us it was the only solution. We were extremely upset to find out that even after surgery this could reoccur. The stress on the dog having to be left at the vet broke my heart (she has anxiety). 2 days ago one of my other cockers (3yrs old) suddenly had cherry eye. I knew what it was right away this time. I decided to do some homework on line and came across this. I was hoping to find a way to spare my baby the stress of surgery (not to mention the expense of $1650.00 in just over a month between the two dogs). I decided we would be no worse for ware to give it a shot especially since surgery is possibly only a temporary fix any way. After about 3-4 min this method worked and it's a much less aggressive temporary fix too. My little girl loved the attention and the massage. Thank you so much for posting this it was very helpful.

robert
9/17/2015 at 10:20 AM

I do not understand how so many report 8-900 bucks for this fix? My pup is a basset, took her in, vet prescribed ointment, that is IF it is not genetic it will shrink then be able to pop back in... she is 17 weeks today, IF this fix doesn't work, she'll have the simple tacking procedure done while she is being fixed... so spay, anesthesia, all in is $387 estimate max $400 with spay, bloodwork.. so of the bill, $63 is the cherry eye. He said cherry eye is more of an issue to the parent than the dog and if it isn't bothering him/her it is the humans that note the issue. Our breeder had said $75 to suture it back and it can be hereditary OR not yet unfixable if not noticed soon. So, if you see it, don't delay, it could be the difference between massaging it back into place with dog eyedrop lubricant from a place like amazon ... or having to go through a local anesthesia then surgery.

Stand alone fix is $115 had we not been told to just do it at 6 months when she gets spayed.

MAKE SURE you don't have your pet put under more than once because it isn't good for them to be put to sleep to fix the eye then spay/neuter so if close, do them together please.

C T Robinson
9/19/2015 at 8:32 PM

Holy crap!! I just tried this on my baby bulldog not thinking it would do anything and it worked like a charm!! I've spent hundreds of dollars on cherry eye surgery for my other dogs....

A million thanks!!
CTR

10/3/2015 at 10:14 PM

Hey there! Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know I'm a new follower. I came across your blog post today while trying to figure out what was wrong with our Cocker Spaniel-Sadie's eye. We took your advice and immediately saw results. So thank you very much for the detailed and very helpful information. This is the first time it's happened to our sweet pup so I'm hoping that we can avoid surgery.

Kristi
10/6/2015 at 10:24 AM

Just worked for me for my cocker spaniel!! this is the second one she has had, and the first one (6 years ago) cost us a lot of money!!! worked in 2 minutes and she was loving the massage!!! Thank you for posting this!!!!!

Deborah
10/10/2015 at 6:34 PM

My 10 yr old Cavalier King Charles/Cocker mix looked at me with cherry eye after her bath last night. This is my third cocker, so i knew right away...stress for the baby and $800 for the vet. My previous cocker had surgery on both eyes for this. I wanted to know "why" and found this site. I gingerly followed the directions with the warm cloth, etc. And was thrilled beyond words to see success. I was so grateful and excited that i typed all this in the wrong place and it went away. Figured i should do it today, now that I've calmed down. Thank you so much from Roxy and I both!! Will pass this on to all my fellow dog lovers!!

ron224
10/16/2015 at 12:19 AM

This has nothing whatsoever to do with homeopathy. More, simple physics. If you massage a swollen object, that object may decrease in size and therefore could be reduced (replaced under the 3rd eyelid in this case).

Of course, many dogs won't tolerate a swollen cherry eye being rubbed so sometimes vets prescribe steroid eye drops. If all else fails, the gland can simply be excised ( the risk of KCS is overstated)

Disclaimer - I hate homeopathy - It's b#llsh#t of the highest order

Jon
10/26/2015 at 5:53 PM

It work.

Theresa
11/6/2015 at 3:58 AM

Thank you so much for sharing.I arrived home this afternoon to find my 16wk old Bulldog had cherry eye on her left eye. I freaked!!! But then I read your article and thought it's worth a shot and it worked!!! Thank you so much ??

Adriana
11/10/2015 at 1:56 PM

Hi! I was just trimming my 3 1/2 month puppy... And as I have a habit of checking everything ... Kind of opening her eyelids to check for anything I ended up pushing up this "cherry"! Never was it exposed though , I hate surgeries as the only answer and I'm glad i came across your site. But since it was out but she sure has one should I try the massage and maybe it won't be visible at all ???

Shelly
11/12/2015 at 12:30 PM

This works!! After reading your story I tried this on my 11 week old pug. He did not like me anywhere near his eye so I put him in the bath, which he loves, and while I had him in there I messaged his eye, within minutes it was gone. We are so thankful for your story, it saved us an 1100.00 vet bill. This was the quote we received from our local vet just days ago. I'm so glad I decided to research this and came across your story, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Tommy
11/14/2015 at 11:59 AM

I can verify that this method does indeed work to put the third eyelid's gland back in place. Not always, not all dogs, but it is most definitely worth a try. I had a puppy bulldog, Mack, in 2009 who had this issue in both eyes, and we massaged them back in on several occasions. He did eventually need corrective surgery to fix the issue. And about a month ago my 6 month old bulldog, Willow, had the same issue in her left eye. Unfortunately her gland was either too big, or protruding too far, and no matter what I tried it wouldn't recede. She had surgery and is doing great- just took her cone off yesterday!
By the way that reminds me, if you are reading this and you have a very young bulldog puppy- GET PET INSURANCE!!
With Bulldogs it's almost guaranteed to come in handy sooner or later- mine is already paying for itself and its only been a few months!
Good luck!

Shawn
11/19/2015 at 5:39 PM

I can't believe this worked but it did!!! I am so happy I found this. My 7 month old boxer puppy developed this and I took him straight to the vet. She said to give it a few days with a lubricating eye drop and then if it didn't reduce he would need surgery. I was freaking out!!!! I tried this massage and within a minute or so it reduced and is totally normal. I hope it stays in place. ??

Charo
11/22/2015 at 1:33 PM

My 4 month old English bulldog has cherry eye in both eyes. I keep massaging them and putting eye-polysporin drops to keep the area free from infection. I try to massage the glands back into place but no luck. They'll pop back up. I have an appointment for 3rd December for a surgery. They're going to charge me $1400

Jessica Ortega
12/12/2015 at 9:10 PM

I want to thank you for sharing this info !!!.Just came home from finishing up my Christmas list to find my 12 week old Boston with a cherry eye !!! Panic sunk in and all I could think was how will I be able to afford surgery !!!! Luckily with a little prayer and research I stumbled up this site. Needless to say within 5 min of massage (and praying) the cherry eye is gone !!! Thanks & thanks again !!

Reg
12/23/2015 at 1:42 AM

It worked! I'm so amazed!! Thank you!!!

jean byrne
1/5/2016 at 6:28 PM

I use this method on my dog but I used a ice cube wrapped in a cloth and it really does work!!

Ashley
1/20/2016 at 6:11 PM

You are amazing! My dog already has chronic ear infections which I switched him to the more expensive blue buffalo without grain to see if it helps. Despite constantly cleaning his ears and applying ointment twice daily he has hematomas in both ears the vet is considering doing surgery on. When I read surgery was needed for this too I wanted to cry. It worked within a few minutes. Thank you,

M
1/28/2016 at 5:37 PM

This is the 2nd time our dog had this 1st time vet sedated him to push it back and told next time will need surgery. This time followed this post and thought wasn't working but tried 3 times then it worked ! Great advice thanks

liz
1/30/2016 at 8:25 PM

Thank U so much I never heard of this til my dog got this and I was flipping out I did what U said and it worked I'm happy and thankful. Liz

Gina
2/21/2016 at 12:22 AM

This is amazing. Thank you! Our 12 week old bird puppy has this and I will be trying this tomorrow!

Jessica
2/27/2016 at 4:36 PM

I was just outside playing the dogs when I noticed something wrong with our Cane Corso's eye. Upon closer look, which wasn't easy cause he was in total play mode, it looked just like Cherry Eye to me. All I knew about Cherry Eye was that it's common for the breed and "requires" surgery to fix. A quick search brought up this site so off I went to fix his eye. By the time I finished washing my hands and double checked his eye it was all fixed. I then read another site that said you can fix Cherry Eye by simply getting your dog to lay on it's back and relax for a few minutes. Well, as soon as we came inside he laid down and completely relaxed so he must have fixed his own eye, LOL! I will definitely keep this site in mind though for any future incidences.

Michael and Monicka
3/13/2016 at 8:05 PM

This is amazing!! Our 5 month old Cane Corso Odin got this yesterday and I was very worried and was researching it when I came across this. We tried this and I saw results but he became to excited so we tried again before bed and it completely worked. Odin's eye is back to normal. Much better than a big vet bill... Thank you for sharing.

Rosie
3/16/2016 at 9:03 PM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting this info. I thought for sure if have to take an expensive trip to the bet for my Shih Tzu Stella. Got home from work & whatta ya know? Cherry eye! Thankfully it wasn't red and bothered either. Followed your directions & sure enough within less than a minute, GONE! Painless & easy. :D

Jeri Laubner
3/29/2016 at 10:13 PM

Thank you for this article on cherry eye , my English bulldog puppy, we just noticed had a big red bump in her eye I thought it was a stye, but I looked up online and found out it was cherry eye. It looked just as you black pups eye looked like above, I was so upset and sad for our baby, I went and got a warm rag and did as you said and massaged her eye and it is amazing, fixed just like that! Thank you so much! We're new bully parents, she's such a sweetie!!! I can't believe that just worked I'm so glad I read this!!!!! <3

Marissa
4/4/2016 at 9:27 PM

Oh my gosh, Lulu is adorable! My Oripei Bulldog, Laila, came up with a cherry eye this evening and I was devastated. Not knowing what it was, I rushed her to the best animal hospital around for an emergency visit. After checking the eye, they told me that she would need surgery and booked us an appointment with their ophthalmologist for two days from now. I found your post and thought it was worth a try. It took me a little while (mainly because Laila was so squirmy!!) but I finally got it back in! I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!! Truly, I am SO thankful to have come across your post and 1) be able to help my little girl 2) not have to put her through surgery 3) not have the cost of surgery. THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO VERY MUCH!! For anyone reading and trying this out, if it doesn't work right away don't be discouraged! It took me a while and serveral tries but finally on my forth attempt it popped back in within seconds!!Alt smile

Michelle
4/27/2016 at 8:09 PM

We noticed the first signs of cherry eye a few minutes ago on our Old English Bulldog. Thank you for this post. We will try this harmless method this evening and post an update on how it went. Non-surgical methods that are harmless are always worth a try before dangerous (and costly) surgery.

Sherri
4/29/2016 at 8:26 AM

Thank you so much for the advice!! My long haired chihuahua, Jagger, got a cherry eye this week; although I had no idea what it was and had to Google it. His looked just like LuLu's. After getting Jagger to calm down, I did the warm washcloth on his eye and then massaged his eye and after a minute or two, I felt his pop back again and the cherry eye was gone. I'm extremely glad I saw and read your article. Thanks so much!!!

5/20/2016 at 4:53 PM

Just wanted to say wowwwwww!!!!! And a massive thank you.
I came down to my 11 week old pup
having this exact condition.
Took to vet who said about massage,
not so much about how and no mention
of warm cloth.
I luckily found your forum this
evening. Immediately gave it a go
and within minutes it'd worked!
I can't tell you how amazed I am.
And of course so very grateful as is
Mystic. She's now sound asleep after
she'd given me lots of kisses.
Still red, but hopefully will settle
by morning.
Truly brilliant and so kind of you to
share your knowledge.

Rachel Sloan
6/8/2016 at 3:05 PM

Just wanted to confirm that I have seen two seven month old pups get in a scrap and by the time I arrived in the yard to separate them they appeared unhurt but.....one pup had double cherry eyes! It all happened from severe stress and no doubt an increase in intraorbital pressure [in the sinuses behind the eye] during the tussle. Just proof positive that this condition can pop out instantly during a stressful struggle.

And an important thing to be aware of: in the third world countries the American and native clinics have used our common 'triple antibiotic ointment' like Neosporin for decades to treat human eye infections and irritations. It is perfect to use directly in the eye (pull out the lower lid and put a little in the pouch below) and use that to massage the eye. Use it three times a day to keep the eyes lubricated.

Sam
6/13/2016 at 11:16 PM

Thanks, this does help with cherry eye.
On a side note, I hope you went back to PetSmart to apologize for your over-reaction ??

Pam
7/2/2016 at 5:10 PM

Perhaps not an overreaction. Their response was untrue and glib. Dogs do get bad handling sometimes or careless handling if they are nervous.

Tre
6/26/2016 at 2:56 PM

My Boxer had cherry eye this morning. I immediately tried this method and to my amazement it worked! It only took 2 minutes of warm compress and light massage on the swelling.

Thanks for the reminder of an old remedy!

Pam
7/2/2016 at 5:07 PM

THANK YOU! It worked first try. Our pup is part cocker and evidently this is usual in cockers. She had it once before a couple of weeks ago but it corrected itself within an hour. When it happened again, I checked the web and they said it would require a change of diet but was not an infection. Then on day 2 I checked again to see if there was something besides diet to do and saw your recommendation. One warm cloth and a few rubs later and its back in place. SO grateful!

Melissa
7/5/2016 at 9:18 AM

Holy cow! Totally worked.

My rottie looks like his gorgeous self again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this.

carol
7/16/2016 at 6:42 PM

read through every ones success stories and I'm still asking for help. How long did it take to correct it's self and how bad was the eye at the time when you did this. Was the eye just a small bubble red spot near the tear duct or was it a big red and puffy? Our cocker woke up with it today and the vet said it is cherry eye. How long do you work the eye lid befor you see results.

Bonnie
7/20/2016 at 11:26 PM

Thank you SO much for writing this article!!! I came home, and to my dismay, our little 13 week old frenchie bulldog had a big red blog on the bottom of her eye on her eyelid. I immediately got worried it was a tumor, etc. Five minutes later, after reading this article and giving some light eye massage, and her eye looks as good as new! We will still watch it closely, and tell the vet at her appt next week, but this certainly saved us a trip to the emergency vet tonight!!!

JulieP.
8/18/2016 at 12:20 AM

Thank you SO much for sharing your story!!! I knew what this was called but I never had to deal with it myself until my boxer and cattle dog played too rough. I caught it early (as you mentioned) and I think that makes a huge difference so you can avoid dryness and infection. I did exactly what you said, it took a minute for my cattle dog to relax but after she did I checked her eye (after eye massage was done) and it was improved but not gone so I gently pressed over her eye while massaging in the same direction and then looked, good as new!!! I can't thank you enough!! You saved me a vet bill too and saved mt dog stress and made me realize to try holistic first!

Kim
8/23/2016 at 9:41 AM

Words cannot express how thankful we are for your blog. My 4 month old Shih Tzu had this happen last night. It occurred after he choked on something he was playing with. Not sure if that is why it happened or if it was the result is of going to the groomer 5 hours earlier. We were so freaked out, so glad we saw your post. Within 5 minutes he was as good as new and hopefully stays that way thank you again.

Mikel
9/14/2016 at 7:10 PM

thanks for posting this after reading it, I went home and tried it on my 2 1/2 month old English bulldog and it worked unfortunately he had been with it for a couple of days and I guess it was too big and advance that after an hour he had a cherry eye again.

so I ended up having to take him to the vet for surgery I'm thinking had I read this sooner it would have save me a 500 dollar surgery thanks though

Jenna
9/23/2016 at 2:22 AM

OH. MY. GOSH. I was laying down in bed tonight and my heeler pup hopped up with me and I see this big angry bulge in his eye. He always has kind of red eyes so I thought maybe it had always been there and I missed it, but surely not. I would have noticed this. I thought that maybe one of the cats had got him, but found no scratches or blood. I instantly googled dogs with red, swollen eyes and found the name "cherry eye". I started reading and I was freaking out that my dog may have to surgery to fix this thing. Then I found your page. Home rememdy for cherry eye. Of course I was going to try it! I immediately grabbed a wash cloth and went to work on the tummy rub and followed your instructions and voila! Cherry eye is gone. I am so happy, thank you so much!!

Diego
9/27/2016 at 8:38 PM

Thank I have a shitzu Maltese mix and worked with in 5min

koraine j white
10/4/2016 at 3:16 AM

Came home to my new pup sporting this look (not a look I am fond of lol). Looked it up to find your article and tomorrow I am going to give it a try! Fingers crossed. I wish I could post a before and after picture (if it works for me), but I don't see when you can attach a photo.Alt frowning

koraine j white
10/4/2016 at 4:33 AM

Nope, I couldn't get it to work for me. It did go down a lot but I couldn't get it to go all the way and when he got up to follow me to the door, it was as big as ever, ughh!

Bina
11/19/2016 at 10:05 AM

Hi Koraine,

It did not work for me the first attempt either. In fact, it just made it more red and swollen. What I did on the second attempt (the next morning) was add more pressure and push directly on the cherry for about 10 mins until I heard a "pop"... now he's good as new!

Scott
10/7/2016 at 11:42 AM

Wow this is very helpful info! My 6 year old rabbit has a cherry eye for almost a year now. We took him to a vet however the vet prescribed Isathal eye gel which was to be used 3 times daily for 1 week. Sadly this gel didn't work at all and my rabbit still has the cherry eye. I will definitely try this method you used for my my rabbit.

Josh
10/10/2016 at 7:51 PM

Totally just worked for my Bulldog!!! OMG thank you! Took 5 minutes of snuggles and rubbing and back to good, so incredibly happy!

teri gandy
11/11/2016 at 11:38 AM

thank you for your insight on cherry eye. my cocker spaniel developed cherry eye at 4mo old back in 1991, however the vet had no idea what was going on, so I spent hundreds of $ on tests to no avail. I happened to take Bo (my cocker love)to get vaccination updates at a different clinic when the Dr. on duty recognized it immediately as cherry eye, and we proceeded in eye surgery(s). Unfortunately, I believe I waited too long, as he was 9 mo old by that time, and he had eye infection/weeping problems for the rest of his life. Had the dr.s that initially cared for him knew of the condition, I believe the outcome could have been more tolerable for my boy. Now, 15 yrs later with my new baby weiner dog Whinney, at 14 wks old, I recognized the condition immediately, and have been using warm compresses until our appt with her dr. today. I so want to avoid surgery so lets hope I caught it in time to avoid the discomfort,worry and expense. will keep you posted. thank you!

Bina
11/19/2016 at 10:00 AM

This absolutely works!!!
I noticed the cherry eye on my 5 year old havanese bichon yesterday. I tried the warm cloth thing and the massage and nothing changed. I tried again this morning and it worked! Today I put more pressure on the eye while massaging and also did it for 10 minutes. I felt a "pop" and poof! Gone!
My Monkey didn't even feel a thing. He thought I was just rubbing him for his pleasure lol. (He makes these sighing noises when belly rubbed and was making the noises at the time) hopefully this fix is permanent!
I think this remedy has to be done immediately otherwise it may not work. But i just saved hundreds on a vet. Thank you!!!

Amber
11/27/2016 at 11:50 AM

Hi, I noticed that you said while massaging the eye that we'll feel the third eyelid get sucked back into place. I didn't feel anything while doing that. I might be massaging my dogs eye wrong. did you do it in a circular motion or just back in forth?

thanks so much for your help!

Niko
12/19/2016 at 10:00 AM

I was panicking when i saw my Lab Puppy developing early signs of Cherry Eye, her third eyelid was reddish and visible so i tried your technique and thank goodness for it too! After a few minutes of massaging her eyes it returned to normal ;v; Thank you so much for your help!

Michael J Barry
1/9/2017 at 12:48 AM

This just worked with my 4.5 year old Newfoundland. Thank you!!

Donna Phillips
1/15/2017 at 11:17 PM

So, so thankful for this article!! When I spotted a little cherry eye on my pup I absolutely panicked because I've only heard about how expensive surgery for it is. Tried this and in worked!! Only took a minute or two! I'm going to repeat for a few hours just for good measure. Luckily she has a yearly appointment in the next few days so I can bring up the incident to my vet. We've had her for 5 years and this is the first that this has happened. I'm hoping it's the last!

Carolyn
2/4/2017 at 5:03 PM

Thank you! Took my new lab/terrier pup to emergency vet unaware this was not an emergency just scary looking. Vet tried to put back in but within minutes it popped back out. Told me to contact my regular vet to discuss surgery if it didn't go away by itself soon. Googled cherry eye and found your page so gave it a try. Within a minute it was gone and has remained gone. Have passed on your web site already to someone else dealing with cherry eye. Applause to you!!!!!

Jessica Trick
2/25/2017 at 10:13 PM

Thank you soooooooooooo much! I was completely freaking out until I found this! I tried it and within a couple minutes my boys eye was fixed! Great post!

Eve
3/2/2017 at 9:34 PM

Please make a youtube video showing how to do the massage correctly! Can you? That would be so helpful!

Katherine
3/8/2017 at 9:09 PM

I was giving my 4 dogs their bedtime snacks this evening when I IMMEDIATELY noticed Snickerdoodle's eye. My first thought was TUMOR but since her eyes were fine this morning I thought of INJURY. I immediately searched the web. I had never heard of cherry eye. Snickerdoodle is, btw, a 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I got a warm washcloth and held it on her eye for maybe 20 seconds and peeked....IT WAS GONE. I am sure it will return in the future as the membrane has been weakened, but what a relief to know that it can be treated at home. Thank you SO MUCH!!(I also took before and after pics to show my vet upon our next visit)

Lynda Hacking
3/22/2017 at 6:42 PM

This happened to my 7 yr old rescue chiweenie today. One minute fine the next minute her eye was sunken, the whites were red and the "cherry eye" protruding ! I got up and grabbed my phone and was putting in the vets number when I looked again and her eye was normal. A friend was having one of her dogs eye removed today and I thought"this is what hallucinating is like" !!! Then I checked the web and found Cherry eye but nothing on it disappearing tiil I found your site. I will feel a lot more confident if it happens again. THANK YOU

Margarita
3/22/2017 at 7:00 PM

My 14 year Dachound would get cherry eye during pollen season n it would go away by itself within 24 hours...7 years ago I decided to give him an allergy pill well big mistake the cherry eye never went away. The vet said surgery. I passed n lived to look past it. I had Kelly in boarding at his vet while I went out of town. He got an eye infection in his good eye n the vet did nothing. I gave him my meds I use for my eye infections but smaller doseage. I just got home his eye infection tis gone n his cherry eye tis gone... If antibiotics with steroids cured him why did not they do this 7 years ago?

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