Read on if you don’t want your beagle with cherry eyes to pay a price



Does the reddish bulge around the corner of your pet beagle’s eyes scare you out of your wits? Well, keep your wits about you since you are going to need them as you try to deal with this condition common in beagles, known as “Cherry Eyes”. If you don’t have an inkling about treatment options for cherry eyes in beagles, it is not the time to reproach yourself for your ignorance. Instead you will do yourself and your beagle a world of good by going through this write-up which suggests a number of treatment options for beagles.

 “Cherry Eyes” is very common in beagles. The gland of the third eyelid is displaced from its normal position and it turns swollen and red. The mere thought of finding your beloved pet afflicted in such a way is indeed unwelcome. You can keep your dog from developing this disorder by taking the following preventive measures.

Prevention of Cherry Eyes: Ways to protect your beloved pet

  • It may sound harsh, but it is better not to adopt a beagle whose ancestors have had “cherry eye” problems.
  • If a dog had suffered from “cherry eye” once, then he has a chance of getting affected again. Watch out for the symptoms so that you can call the vet fast.
  • To prevent your pet from getting affected by “Cherry Eye” even after the surgery, follow the medications and care options as suggested by the vet.

Now that you have idea regarding the preventive measures, let’s get straight to the treatment options.

Treatment of Cherry Eyes: Why don’t you give them a look?

  • Surgery is the best treatment option. One of the ways to treat it surgically is to remove the protruding gland entirely. But this will cause other eye disorders in the animal like keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).
  • Also, if the gland is altogether removed then you might be required to provide him with supplementary treatments as well as the moisturizing eye drops for the rest of his life.
  • The ideal treatment option is to surgically suture the gland back into its original position.
  • Tropical treatments in the form of injectable steroids or antibiotics are available. They soothe the inflammation and irritation that are associated with this condition.

The way you should care for him after surgery

Caring for the “Cherry Eye” does not get over with the treatment. Say after the surgery, swelling and itching occur in the affected area and therefore the dog tends to scratch the area repeatedly. You should take measures to prevent it. Often the vet provides a cone shaped collar to put around the dog’s neck which surrounds the face like a cylinder. This will prevent him from scratching the operated place. At the time of feeding him, remove the collar and replace immediately after you are done feeding him. The vet may also suggest an antibiotic that you may require to administer for a few days.

Don’t neglect …..

Once your beagle is diagnosed with cherry eye, get him treated as soon as possible. Although the condition is not serious, it may give rise to grave secondary eye problems if not treated at the right time. Moreover, the more the tissue remains out of its place, the more it continues to be exposed to external elements. This continuous exposure increases the risk of inflammation, damage and even infection.

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