French bulldog eye problems might be one of the most common health conditions that occur in this breed. They can be very uncomfortable and painful, so that’s why you should help your pooch from the first shown symptom.
Since Frenchie have short muzzles, their eyes are closer to the ground when they sniff items in their environment. As the result, the French bulldog’s eyes come in direct contact with allergens such as dust and seasonal pollen. Several symptoms can follow French bulldog eye problems and the most common are:
- Eye rubbing with paws or onto the floor
- Inability to open eyes completely
Any delay in starting with the right therapy can cause severe injuries and infections that end up with blindness and eye loss.
What are the most common triggers of French bulldog eye problems?
If your Frenchie is an allergy sufferer, you should consider including a daily routine that will help him release the itchiness. French bulldogs who deal with seasonal allergies should get daily eye rinsing with a sterile eyewash solution and eye drops that are safe for prolonged usage.
Our advice is to ask your vet whether your Frenchie can use eye drops with ectoine. Ectoine is used for soothing irritations and inflammation of the mucous membrane. It’s a natural element that can’t cause side effects such as corticosteroidal eye drops.
Bacterial infections are another factor that can cause French bulldog eye problems. They come with redness, itchiness, and sticky discharge. When the bacteria contaminate the eye, it’s impossible to heal it without using antibiotic eye drops. Bacterial eye infections result from an injury or ulcer on the eye. It often happens that a Frenchie wants to remove something from his nose and then accidentally injures the eye. Foreign bodies, plant pieces, and dust are often the main culprits of occurring the bacterial infection.
Mechanical eye injury in dogs is unfortunately a common occurrence. It happens due to stuck thorn or other body injuries, dog bite injuries, car accidents, and chemical injuries. The injured Frenchie will rub the eye, whine, howl, and excessively squint.
Proptosis is another frequent injury of the eye in brachycephalic dogs. Frenchies, Pugs, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus are only some of them. These breeds have a shallow eye socket which makes them prone to experiencing protrusion from the eye. To determine whether a dog got affected by a proptosis, a vet should perform the exophthalmometry. It measures the distance between the bony orbit and the lateral angle, and the cornea.
Viral eye infections in Frenchies are usually caused by the canine distemper virus. The good news is that viral eye infections usually disappear in a few days and don’t require medical treatment. One of the biggest distinctions between viral and bacterial infections is that viral infections come with fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, and loss of appetite.
What are the most common French bulldog eye problems?
We are sure that almost every Frenchie owner knows to recognize cherry eye condition. It looks like a pink protruding tissue in the corner of the eye. French bulldogs with this condition will have a discharge from the eye and will blink frequently.
Even though it’s not painful, it can lead to different severe conditions. One of the treatments of French bulldog cherry eye is removing the gland or suturing the gland back.
Dry eye in French bulldogs
Dry eye syndrome usually happens due to a congenital defect, or as the result of removal of the cherry eye. The eye dryness causes frequent blinking and if left untreated, it can end up producing thick and yellowish discharge. As you may guess, conjunctivitis and other bacterial complications will be the next stages of dry eye syndrome.
Corneal ulcers in French bulldogs
Corneal ulcers are extremely painful and can be caused by different injuries, dry eye, and chemical injuries. The treatment requires using sterile eye rinse solutions and antibiotics. In extreme cases, a dog might need even surgical intervention.
How to maintain French bulldog’s eyes healthy?
- Always have at home a sterile eyewash that is safe for dogs
- Clean the tear stains around the dog’s eyes
- Use dog eye-safe wet wipes
- Use a French bulldog shampoo that doesn’t sting the eyes