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Cherry eye tack or remove?

Rae Gunn

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11 month old female who popped a cherry eye after rough housing with her buddy. Surgery booked for March 8th for tacking. Has anyone had success with this procedure? My vet wants to go this route because of concerns about dry eye and the need for daily drops. 6A3E5CFE-407C-4AA6-ADB7-DC43675C7316.jpeg02F0A66E-3B38-4B62-82B0-FD1EAECAB9B0.jpeg


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I'm a little late to the game here. What did you decide to do? I hope surgery went well and your pretty girl is healing up nicely.


Cherry eye is a common condition in dogs where the gland in the third eyelid protrudes, causing a red or pink bulge in the corner of the eye. Tacking surgery is a common treatment option for cherry eye, where the gland is surgically repositioned and secured to prevent further prolapse.

Success rates for tacking surgery can vary, but it is generally considered a safe and effective treatment option for cherry eye. However, there is a risk of recurrence, and in some cases, additional surgical intervention may be necessary.

Your vet's concerns about dry eye and the need for daily drops are valid, as cherry eye surgery can disrupt tear production and lead to dry eye. It is important to follow your vet's post-operative instructions carefully, including any prescribed medications or eye drops, to ensure the best possible outcome for your dog.

Overall, tacking surgery can be an effective treatment option for cherry eye, and discussing any concerns or questions with your vet can help you make an informed decision about your dog's care.