Cherry Eye Remedy: Natural Pet Cures!

Eye Drops, Ice Pack, Acupressure

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Posted by Jean (West Midlands, UK) on 04/02/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Thank You so much. My little coton de tulear developed a cherry eye during the night, I took the advice from this site regarding the Ice and massage and I can't believe after half an hour of using the ice and massaging the big bubble has gone!!! x

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Posted by Daphne (Richmond, US) on 11/30/2014
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My chi weenie has cherry eye! It was just red and I looked at her eye and there was a big bubble right under the lid. My son massaged her eye gently for a minute. Nothing. I put on a hot compress for about a minute and gently pushed along her closed eye toward her nose about 3 times. Nothing. I found this site and decided to try ice. (Someone said it took them 3 min). I put ice in a ziplock. I snuggled her and put it on her closed eye for 3 minutes. I pushed on her closed lid toward her nose 3x. I could kind of feel it as I pushed. Third time I couldn't feel it so I just petted her and got her to look up at an angle and it is still red but no bubble! Taking her to the vet tomorrow to see what is going on but happy that we know another option. Yay!

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Posted by Molley (Australia) on 11/15/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Hello , my name is Tasha, I am a white shitzu cross, I would like to thank you for the advice you have given for cherry eye, I am a little tired of mum messing with it, I don't like going to the doctors and don't need an operation, the eye drops are so soothing, and now I don't run into every thing, with the ointment she was giving me, I nearly zonked out the last time I walked into something hard, well thanks again folks and keep up the good work.

Best wishes from Tasha

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Posted by Abraham B. (Hialeah, Fl.) on 04/01/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I got my Boston Terrier puppy 3 weeks ago. He is just 12 weeks now. He got cherry eyed the day before yesteday and my wife got some iced water with a sterile gause and put it on the puppy's closed eye a couple of times. She then gave the puppy the circular massage and it worked!!!! We got really happy after feeling soooo bad for the puppy. Bostons rock!!!!!!! Thank you all for the help...

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Abraham!

Awesome to know EC helped you and your Boston!

Replied by Nicole
5 out of 5 stars

Worked like a charm for me! My dog really liked the ice on her eye—I think she found that soothing. Thanks!

Replied by Laurie
2 out of 5 stars

Neither remedies worked for my 10yr old, after coming in from outside rubbing his eye. I discovered he had a cherry eye. He eventually came down with another cherry eye within a year. I can only contribute it to some type of bacteria in the soil that got into the nasal or eye duct passages. I have to clean his eyes faithfully every morning to soften the gook from his eyes with a clean soft paper towel wetted down with distilled water, then use a tick comb to clean the gook gently away from the top and bottom. I keep hair clipped around the eyes as short as possible.

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Posted by Corinne (Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey ) on 02/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you thank you!! It worked I just massaged her eye for about 2 minutes and it was gone. I had to wait till she was sleeping because she is a puppy and wouldn't sit still. Thank you so much!!!

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Posted by Heather (Waltham, Ma) on 11/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I have a 8month old malitzu, I noticed he had cherry eye and right away searched the internet. I used one eye drop, iced and rubbed as directed and it worked! Thank you all so much! Still in shock it worked. took only 3 minutes.

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Posted by Joel (Hialeah, Fl) on 05/29/2012
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I tried rubbing the eyelid toward the nose but the cherry eye was still there just a little hidden. I had a little idea I put my mouth over her eyelid and ever so gently blew a little air into her eye. I mean I had to do it twice cause the first time I hardly put any air in it. I don't mean a whole mouth full. Anyways, the entire cherry eye is gone. I tried so hard to see if it finally went away. It's all gone, no sign she ever even had it. I think she got it when my little sister put the blow dryer toward my dogs face. I hope you guys try it. I saved alot of money trying this out.

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Posted by Esther (Vilseck, Bavaria, Germany) on 04/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU! This morning my 5 month old pup woke up with cherry eye and we all had no idea what it was or why it had happened. I called the vet and they said it sounded like "cherry eye" and that I should come in asap as this condition usually requires surgery to fix. I didn't like that, but I did make an appointment. Tooling around the internet led me to this lovely site. I tried this method with my darling little pup and whammo! Perfect! She's as good as new! Okay, almost as good as new. She's a little red around the inner corner of the eye, but I think that's from her scratching at the cherry. I'm so very, very pleased. Next up, apple cider vinegar for the conjunctivitus (sp?). Thank you all!!!!

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Posted by Beagle-dashound Mix (Atlanta, Ga) on 01/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My dog had cherry eye yesterday - I put in lubricating tear drops, held an ice cube in a baggy on it for about 5 minutes at most and then my husband massaged it for about 3 minutes tops using moderate pressure, pushing in towards the nose - AND IT WORKED! All of the sudden it was just gone!!!! This happened last night and her eye looks totally normal today!!!

Replied by Briana
(Vancouver, Wa)
5 out of 5 stars

Omg thank you so much for this info. We have a chihuahua and she was getting it. We did the eye drops, ice and then massaged twice last night and when we woke up today it was gone!

Replied by Pam
(MI, US)
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 9yr. old shepard / chow mix she has had cherry eye for more then a yr. I could not afford surgery; I just found this, so I decided to give it a try. It worked much to my amazement in just a few minutes, I really could feel it "pop" back in, and she seemed to like it. It has only been a few min. and I expect I will have to do it again, but I have to say WOW! I wish I would have seen this sooner!

Replied by Christy Jo

Sometimes I use lavender oil to get my dogs to calm down or sit still. It has even helped with motion sickness in car.

Replied by Angela
(Los Angeles, Ca)

What brand/ type of drops did you use? And from where? Please help!

Replied by Bj
(Spokane Wa)

We have a 4 year old mix male....he has had "cherry eye" since we have had him...we rub it at night, but only allows it to be a tad less swollen...

What did you do, what item, did you use, that helped this heal? You are the only one on this site, that had this problem for a year or longer! THANK you for whatever you can share!!!

Betty, Robert and Pepper too!

Replied by Frank

Pls, how do you use lavender oil to calm your dog?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Frank,

You first have to start with a very high quality organic and pure grade lavender essential oil. Because they are concentrated/strong they can cause drying of the skin if applied undiluted, so you should always dilute in some type of carrier oil - usually an edible oil like coconut oil or almond oil. So you might take 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and to it add 2-3 drops of lavender oil and mix well. Then apply to the inside of the ears - it doesn't have to go into the ear, just apply on the hair free side of the ear flap. You could also do this with premixed essential oil formulas designed for calming pets. If you are dealing with a stressed dog you might also consider the Bach Flower Remedy called 'Rescue Remedy' that helps calm anxious pets and people. Lastly you might also consider Dog Appeasing Pheromones /DAP - a product you can find online.

Replied by Tara

What kind of eye drops do I use?

Replied by Mackenzie

I'm sorry that this is so random because your post is from years ago but I am desperate. My puppy has developed cherry eye in both eyes! Do you by any chance remember the name of the drops you used? I've heard that it's hard to get it to get back in after it's been out for so long, so reading your post about it going away after one year has given me hope!

Thank you and sorry again for the random message.


Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Mackenzie,

I am not the original poster but am replying. My best advice is to take your puppy to the vet to confirm the diagnosis and get a prescribed eye medication. If that is out of the question you might try a human eye lubricating drop you find at the local drugstore.

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Posted by Vicki (Mesquite, Tx) on 01/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hand Manipulation, Ice Packs & Similasan eye drops for Cherry Eye

I have a little male Chihuahua/JRT mix dog that looks like a puggle (blocky head, slightly bug eyes). About 3 years ago, when he was around a year old, I went on a trip and he cried the whole 3 days I was gone. He had a cherry eye when I got back. He also suffers from some sort of allergies and they'd been bothering him also.

I couldn't afford a vet & didn't believe it was necessary anyway, so I thought I'd try to work it back in myself. I had some Simalisan redness relief eye drops, so I put a few drops in his eye, then an ice compress for a few minutes. This shrank it down a bit, so I closed his eye and began working the lid around in a tiny circle, pressing in toward the corner where the "cherry" was. I keep my fingernails really, really short, by the way, not even out to the ends of my fingers. If you have long fingernails, they'd need to clipped off to do this because you have to form a little compress "tool" with your thumb and either your first two or first three fingers held all together, depending on the size of the dog's eye or what will contain the "cherry" in the little space between the ends of your fingers.

After a few minutes I could feel it slightly "pop" back in. I pressed on it for a couple of minutes with my thumb, then I put the ice compress back on for a few more minutes, gave him a weight appropriate dose of benedryl liquid and let him go. I put the drops in again a few more times the next couple of days, and an ice pack on whenever it looked like the eye was getting irritated the rest of his allergy season. It's been 3 years and it hasn't popped out again.

I also changed my dogs' food to one that doesn't have any grains in it, because his granny dog has really bad corn allergies and I figured that might be part of the cause of cherry eye in his case (she itches and looses hair).

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Posted by Violet (St. Pete, Fl) on 09/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cherry eye is an unsightly swelling and protruding of the tear duct gland in dogs (prolapsed gland). It is most commonly seen in Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and Boxers.

Vets will usually recommend expensive surgery to correct this, but I was able to correct it at home on my own dog.

When my male Boston Terrier got cherry eye I started doing research and was dismayed to find that the surgery has a poor success rate. Even after surgery the cherry eye can come back, and I read so many messages from people who had shelled out hundreds of dollars for more than one surgery. But I came across a non surgucal fix on a bulldog website and I tried it for myself. It was super simple, it was cheap, it look less than 15 minutes, and it worked!

Here are the instructions I somewhat followed from

"There are old timers with extensive experience with "Cherry Eye Condition" that recommend an alternative to surgery, especially those breeds that have high surgical risks. The first thing that is done to "treat" this condition is to prescribe an antibiotic ointment, second use warm compresses to the corner of the eye, third is to massage the gland lightly with the index finger applying even gentle pressure in a circular motion. Once the tear duct becomes "unblocked" even if it is out of its normal place it is now of a size that usually can be returned by pulling very gently the outer tissue and "popping" the tear duct back into place. You may have to replace the tear duct several times over a two week period, sometimes I have heard for even a month, but then it does not require surgery, and the dog as a general rule has no more problems with the condition whatsoever. We urge new pet owners to be very careful when attempting to use this technique because you can cause injury to the eyeball if you scratch it when trying to massage the tear duct. Try to find another owner of a bulldog or similar breed to walk you through it the first time to make sure you are doing it correctly. We do urge you to seek veterinarian assistance if the condition worsens or if this technique fails to make an improvement. There are some bulldogs that have an inflamatory disease as well and you may see a worsening of the condition. Inflamatory conditions must be treated with an anti-inflamatory antibiotic drop or ointment."

I made a few changes to the above instructions. I used OTC lubricating eye drops I bought at a pharmacy. They were called Gen Teal. I trimmed my fingernail all the way down. I did the massage and popped the gland back in keeping light pressure on it for about 5 minutes. I repeated the process for the next 2 days but I saw immediate results after the first day. It has been 3 months and we have not had another occurence of cherry eye!

Replied by Monica
(St. George, Utah)
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for this site and the information of what to do with cherry eye. I tried it on my puppy and it worked. It popped out a few hours later. I did the warm compress and then massaged again, and there hasn't been another problem with it. Everyone else is saying surgery. Thank you for the real remedy! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Replied by Lily
(Baton Rouge, La)
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks so much for this feedback! About a month ago, I was bathing my Shinese puppy and shampoo got in her eye. The result was a inflammation to her tear duct. I took her to the vet, and she was prescribed eye drops. For several weeks, I saw no improvements and eventually took her back to the vet, where I was told she might need eye surgery in the future.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon this website and followed the instructions, hoping to pop the gland back into place. After applying a warm compress and massaging the area for a little while, the cherry eye disappeared -- only to come back immediately. I repeated the process today, and it worked!! She has been playing with other puppies and going about her normal activities, and her eye is completely back to normal. This is absolutely incredible! Thanks for the advice!

Replied by Stephanie
(Springfield, Mo)
5 out of 5 stars

I came home from work today to see that my 3 year old puggle had a, what I found out was, a cherry eye. This website seemed to know what it was talking about, but I'm always questioning if the stuff you read on websites actually work. It was too late to take her to the vet, so I got a warm cloth and put it over her eye adding a little pressure for about one minute. Sure enough, it was gone! I was shocked it was that easy! Thank you all so much!

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Posted by Mandy (Slc, Utah) on 08/09/2013
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This is what I did for my english bulldog of 9 months. At the first sign of cherry eye I gently rolled her onto her back and just let her stay there with my help for a few minutes. When on her back she usually closes her eyes and relaxes (this is her submission stance). I don't think this had anything to do with it but I did also put one hand above her head (which is her jaw, essentially since she is upside down) and I envisioned her blood circulating better especially on her cherry eye so the swelling would go down. This worked for me. I'm pretty sure it was just because she was upside down and it made her close her eyes and let the cherry go back in without force. At the time she seemed to have fallen asleep for the 3-5 minutes she was upside down on her back. This was over a week ago and it has not come back as of yet... BTW no ice, no drops, nothing else was needed. Hope this can work for other peoples dogs.


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Posted by Piper (Toronto, Ontario) on 12/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Our puppy developed a small cherry. I tried a few things so I am not sure which worked after a couple of days of giving supplements her cherry eye is gone.

I first checked online and tried massage. I did not have any success with this. I tried applying cold. Not much success with this either.

I checked what the cause of the affliction and it seems to be a deficiency in the connective tissue so I looked to see what would support and encourage the development of connective tissue. I bought a dog food that had glucasamine and chronditin in it. It is an all ages food.

I added salmon oil, glucasamine sulfate and shark cartilage to her food. Salmon oil capsule - snip end and squeeze. Glucasamine sulfate tablets ground with a knife. Shark cartilage caplets powder - just open capsule.

The supplements were all from the human drug store. The salmon oil was really for my cat, but I thought it would help the powder stick to the food and encourage her to eat.

Shark cartilage - I didn't buy but a friend was going to throw away so I thought I would take it. I thought it might help develop her connective tissues.

Replied by Judy

Hi my name is Judy I have a shipoo who is 5 years old and he had surgery on one eye - I spent $650 a couple of months later he developed it on the other eye - I could not afford to do another surgery so I left it like that as the vet said if it does not get infected it is ok and I should use "fucithalmic vet eye gel" - I have used it for a week now I am worried I want to use all the info here and try to push it in but I am scared that I could aggrevate it - is there anything else I could do - please someone help me - is there a cheap place in Toronto that I could do the surgery - I would be so grateful if someone could give me advice other than trying to push it in.

Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Judy!

I have had to deal with the start of cherry eye twice with one dog; he had done some straining while pooping and when he came back into the house the gland was visible in the corner of his eye. I used my thumb to apply pressure under his lower lid and just rolled upward and inward. I didn't touch the gland as I had the skin of the lower eye lid between my finger and the gland.

It was easy, quick and didn't hurt. Try it on your own eye to see what kind of pressure to use on your dog's eye.

That said, and that was the advice you didn't want ;-)

If you don't manually replace the gland and leave it out then you run the risk of the gland becoming dried out, irritated and infected, hence the 'cherry' in cherry eye. You need to keep the eye and gland cleaned and well lubricated - its work as you know.

I cannot help with locating an inexpensive vet - but you might try calling around; vets out in the boonies typically are less expensive than those in the heart of the city. So google vets in your area, make up a list and start calling and ask: have you done the gland tacking [or gland removal if that is what you are after] surgery before? And if yes, how many cases and what success rate have you had? Write the answers as well as the cost of the procedure down and then compare notes to find your cheap but well qualified vet.

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