Do Dogs Wear Eye Patches After Cherry Eye Surgery?

by Rachel Monroe
An Elizabethan collar should not prohibit your dog from eating or drinking.

An Elizabethan collar should not prohibit your dog from eating or drinking.

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Cherry eye is a genetic condition in which a tear gland prolapses or pops out of position. The gland protrudes from behind the eyelid, creating a red mass. It is most commonly seen in boxers, pugs, beagles, basset hounds, bulldogs and Boston terriers. Surgery is required to repair the damaged eye.

Keeping Their Paws Off

Post-operative care is critical to help your pet recover from cherry eye surgery. It is essential that your dog does not scratch or rub his eye. Eye patches are not commonly used by veterinarians as dogs will simply rip them off. Instead, dogs recovering from cherry eye surgery frequently wear an Elizabethan collar. These plastic collars are shaped like a cone and fit over your dog’s head, prohibiting your pet from scratching his face or eye. Your veterinarian may recommend wrapping your dog’s paws as an extra precaution.

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