Cherry eye can affect any breed of dog, but new research from the Royal Veterinary College has found that flat-faced breeds are up to 34 times more likely to develop the uncomfortable eye condition.
Often seen in young dogs, cherry eye is when the gland inside the third eyelid pops out creating the appearance of a pink cherry. While it’s not a dangerous condition, in some cases it can lead to complications including conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers, so it’s advised to always contact your vet if you think your dog has cherry eye.
In the new analysis, vets discovered that English Bulldogs, Neapolitan mastiffs and American Cocker Spaniels are most at risk of developing cherry eye, while German Shepherds, West Highland White Terriers, and English Springer Spaniels are least at risk.
“Given that humans designed dog breeds in the first place, we all carry a heavy responsibility to constantly improve our designs to breed away from poor health for these dogs,” Dr Dan O’Neill, who led the study, told Daily Mail.
“The hugely increased risks of cherry eye in popular flat-faced breeds such as English Bulldogs suggests that we have some way to go before we can consider many flat-faced breeds as designed for optimal health.”
Researchers found that dogs under the age of one are at the highest risk for cherry high, with crossbreeds also being more likely to suffer.
Dr Minna Mustikka, a co-author of the paper, adds: “Cherry eye, if left untreated, may lead to other chronic eye problems, necessitating even lifelong medications and in worst case scenario, resulting in painful and potentially sight threatening complications.”
Take a look at the research below…
5 dog breeds most likely to be affected by cherry eye
- Neapolitan Mastiffs
- english bulldogs
- Lhasa Apsos
- American Cocker Spaniels
5 dog breeds less likely to be affected by cherry eye
- german shepherd dog
- West Highland White Terriers
- English Springer Spaniels
- labrador retriever
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