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French Bulldog Eye Issues

Updated: May 15

French Bulldog Cherry Eye Issues and how to deal with them:

French Bulldog eye problems are one of the most common issues that can occur in this breed. These pooches are widely recognizable for their protruding and big eyes that become susceptible to different irritations, infections, and allergies.

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Cherry eye in French Bulldogs

This type of condition occurs when the third eyelid prolapses. It looks like a red and swollen ball in the corner of the eye. We also call the third eyelid the nicotinic membrane. It plays an important role in protecting the cornea, distributing the tears, and protecting the tear gland. If you don’t treat it on time, the cherry eye in your French bulldog can grow into an infection and severe issue. Usual treatment includes massage of the eye or surgery.

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Unlike people, dogs have three eyelids. Besides upper and lower, there is also a third eyelid set under the lower eyelid when the eye is closed. The third eyelid produces up to 30% of the total tear film water that lubricates the eyes. It consists of oil, mucus, and water. The main reasons for developing this condition can be the weakness of the ligamentous attachments and a dog’s genetics.

Cheery eye can be visible when your dog is sleeping or when he wakes up from a nap. It looks like a red, swollen ball that seems like it will fall out from the eye every second. French bulldog cherry eye more often occurs in young puppies and dogs up to their second year of life.

Cherry eye usually affects younger dogs until their 2nd year of life. It's because their eye ligamentous attachments are still not properly developed during that age. Here is the list of the symptoms that follows a cherry eye in Frenchies:

  • redness of the eye

  • a dog is constantly rubbing and scratching the eye

  • extremely dry eyes

  • squinting

  • excessive tear production

  • discharge coming out from the eye

  • infection of the eye

  • swollen eyes

  • blurred vision

  • conjunctivitis

In cases when a dog suffers from chronic eye issues, vets usually recommend cherry eye surgery because if it's left untreated, it may lead to long-term health problems.

Using the Elisabeth cone is also a must since in that way you'll prevent your Frenchie from further hurting the eyes. The non-surgical treatment includes using both steroidal and antibiotic teardrops. However, if it doesn't work, the surgery is the only option.

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