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nictitans gland (cherry eye)

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by iceman, Jun 30, 2009.


  1. iceman

    iceman PetForums Junior

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    hi there, my poor 6 month old dane had to have an operation a week ago to have his nictitans gland removed from his eye,surgery went well & all was looking good untill the weekend.took him to the vet & he said that the other gland has come up in the same eye & that might also have to be removed!
    has anyone else had this problem with a giant breed?if so what was the result?
     
  2. I do know of a dog who has had nictitans gland (cherry eye/third eyelid) and had to have the operation once in one eye and twice in the other! That was a few years ago and believe he was alright since the second op! But seem to remember he had to have drops everyday as the tears ducts no longer worked!

    All I can offer in the way of advice is to listen and take advice from your vet! Are you covered on insurance by the way??
    Good luck! And post a picture of you guy sometime.
    regards
    DT
     
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    iceman PetForums Junior

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    yer the vet had told me that if the second gland has to be removed then he colud suffer from dry eye which is very expensive to treat!but i dont mind as he is worth every penny & more.
    the eye doesnt seem to be as red or swolen today but it could just be my imagination & wishful thinking!
    i would love to put a pic on here of him but i dont know how,could you tell me please?
     
  4. Nicci

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    I'd always opt to have them removed rather than stitched back, a puppy of ours had cherry eye it was removed by a Bulldog specialist, we were told it may happen with the other eye but it didn't, she is now fine :)

    It didn't cost a great deal either, it cost £42 and the drops were included in the price it may have gone up a little since but I wouldn't think it's much, almost certainly less £50.
    I know folk go to see him from all round the UK the morning we went in he was expecting a lady from Southampton, he gave her a local, whole process took 30 seconds once the area was numbed, pup weren't too bothered either didn't even realise!

    I don't know where you are in the UK but if you wish, I can give you the vets details, he is really good. It's not worth claiming off your insurance if you went to see him as it's less than the excess :)
     
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    Nicci Guest

    He could get dry eye anyway, another operation to remove really isn't going to make an awful lot of difference.
     
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    iceman PetForums Junior

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    thats the thing,the first gland has been removed!& now the second gland in the same eye has come up!im living in ireland & the vet i go to is really good. he has never had a case of dry eye after doing the operation before but now the second one might have to be removed there is more of a chance obviously!
     
  7. Nicci

    Nicci Guest

    No there isn't.

    If he's going to get dry eye he's going to get it anyway regardless of whether or not he has a second operation to remove.
    It may not happen at all.

    Bulldog Health
     
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    well there is,if the 1st gland is removed which produces 30% of the moisture to the eye & then a 2nd one has to be removed in the same eye, this increases the chances of him developing dry eye as there is even less moisture in the eye.
    unlike bulldogs, danes are not prone to getting dry eye!
     
  9. Nicci

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    Sorry misread, thought it had appeared in the other eye.

    I've never heard of it appearing in the same eye again twice :eek:

    I thought the whole point of removing the gland was to stop any further problems, is it possible a tiny bit of the gland got left there by your vet?
     
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    thats exactly what i said to my vet & he assured me that it had all been taken away & i trust him. he also said that the other gland looked fine when he did the op. but it was fine for a few days after the op,his bad eye looked better than his good eye!then the swelling started again & i thought it was a reaction to the op,didnt realise it was the other gland!it looks exactly the same as it did before!im just hoping that it got agravated by the op & it will go back down again but the vet didnt seem too happy!if it doesnt go down in 2 weeks the it will also have to be removed! :(
     
  11. Nicci

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    I'd take him for a second opinion elsewhere as I'm leaning towards a tiny bit of the gland may have got left behind there.

    I haven't had any further problems with my dog and her eye was done some time ago, a little over a year maybe.

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    Have a look on the link I gave you to see if any Bulldog approved vets will take a look at him in your area.

    I know he's a dane but these vets see conditions like cherry eye everyday :)

    I hope this helps & hope he okay :)

    http://www.bulldogrescue.co.uk/vets.htm
     
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