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Old 04-19-2013, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Axel's third eyelid is visible in the corner of his eye, and it looks red. When he is asleep, the whole thing shows, and it is a bright red. I don't see any lumps, however. I couldn't get a very good picture, but this is what it looks like when he is sleeping.

Could anybody tell me if this is something to worry about?
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, I would ask my vet for a referral to a vet eye doctor. Veterinarians & Public

Some general vets are good with eye stuff, but just in case - you will know you can ask.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How interesting!! I didn't even know dogs had three eye lids.

See this: Dog Eyes: Structure; Third Eyelid; How Dogs See | doghealthdoc.com
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Dogs have a third eyelid, known as the nictitating membrane. When the eye is open the membrane is located in the inner corner of the eye under the lower lid and is usually not obvious. The closing of this membrane, horizontally across the eye, while the other eye lids are open gives a dog the appearance of rolling their eyes back into their head. Some dogs when they are sleeping may briefly open the upper and lower lids, and look like they have completely white eyeballs due to the closed third eye lid.

The third eyelid has a major tear duct associated with it. One of the functions of the third eyelid is to spread tears across the surface of the eye.

In some dogs the edge of the third eyelid is visible, this is called haws. Haws are present from birth and of no concern. The may be a consideration for show dogs.

If the third eyelid suddenly become visible, or more visible if the case of haws, then it is likely that the third eyelid has shifted out of position. Cherry eye occurs when there is a problem with the third eyelid and its associated tear duct, usually prolapse (sticking out) due to weakened attachment. Occasionally the third eyelid can fold over on itself (eversion). This can usually be corrected with surgery.
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Definitely get to a vet. This could be something simple or it could be pannus.
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Eyes are never ever something to wait on. All eye problems are considered serious by most vet clinics. It could be pannus or something else....and never ever medicate an eye issue without a vet diagnosing it....

Hopefully it is nothing, but please get him into the vet ASAP

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Old 04-19-2014, 07:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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@Blueskyler - Did you ever end up taking Axel to the vet to see if it was something to worry about? I just adopted a german shepherd mix dog last weekend and he has the same thing you're describing! I mentioned it in passing to my vet but she didn't seem worried about it at all.

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Axel's third eyelid is visible in the corner of his eye, and it looks red. When he is asleep, the whole thing shows, and it is a bright red. I don't see any lumps, however. I couldn't get a very good picture, but this is what it looks like when he is sleeping.

Could anybody tell me if this is something to worry about?
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