Painful Eye Problems in Bulldogs

Eye problems in bulldogs are the most common reason bulldog owners come to see me.


Eye Problems in Bulldogs PRESENTATION:

Most English Bulldog puppies, French Bulldogs puppies, and American Bulldog puppies who suffer from eye problems present with

  • PAIN

Eye Problems in Bulldogs / COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW:

The common bulldog ophthalmic conditions we will cover include:

  • Bulldog Corneal Ulcer
  • Bulldog Eyelid Problems
    • Entropion
    • Spasmatic Entropion
    • Ectopion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) Dry Eye
  • Eyelash problems
    • Distichiasis
    • Trichiasis
    • Ectopic Cilia
  • Glaucoma

We will be organizing the chapter into four distinct sections for each condition, which will help provide clarity and depth

Eye Problems in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs / INTRODUCTION & SYMPTOMS

The introduction and symptoms begin with a brief introduction to each condition and the symptoms to look out for, such as:

    • redness and swelling
    • discharge
    • rubbing its
    • discomfort
    • vision impairment

Eye Problems in Bulldogs / CAUSE & RISK FACTORS

We’ll delve into the probable causes of each ophthalmic condition, highlighting:

  • Genetic predispositions
  • Environmental factors
  • Other breed-specific risk factors

Eye Problems in Bulldogs / DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

We’ll discuss the diagnostic process for each condition, outlining the specific tests or examinations a veterinarian may conduct:

  • Ophthalmic examination
  • Tear production test
  • Corneal staining
  • Tonometry (measuring intraocular pressure)

Afterward, we’ll delve into the available treatment options, which may include

  • medical interventions such as topical eye medication or ointments
  • as well as surgical procedures.

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Eye Problems in Bulldogs / PREVENTION

By organizing each topic in this manner, we created a comprehensive and accessible guide for bulldog and French bulldog owners. This approach will equip them with the information needed to identify early signs of eye issues, appreciate the significance of timely veterinary attention, and adopt preventive measures to protect their dog’s ocular health.

Eye Problems in Bulldogs

1. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Introduction: details of the specific condition and its origin.

2. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Maintenance: A “take home” bully maintenance program.

3. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Rule of Thumb: A “must know” take home pearl of wisdom.

4. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Tips & Warnings: A list of essential “DO’s and DON’T’s”

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Painful Eye Problem in Bulldog  / CORENA ULCER

The cornea acts as the transparent shield covering the eye, and any irritation in this region can cause discomfort similar to the feeling of having an “eyelash” in the eye or experiencing a corneal scratch.

With utmost urgency, you must approach all potential corneal injuries and eye issues in bulldogs. Even a minor, superficial scratch on the epithelial layer can quickly escalate into a serious and costly condition. If left untreated, it may progress to corneal perforation, and erosion, and potentially result in vision loss.

It’s essential to recognize that many common eye problems in bulldogs can lead to corneal ulcers.

bulldog cornea ulcer staining

To learn more about the condition, prevention, and care, HERE

Painful Eye Problems in Bulldogs and Fr. Bulldog / ENTROPION: 

Bulldogs are frequently affected by entropion, which is defined by the inward curling of the eyelid edges. The amount of skin and wrinkles on the Bulldog’s head and face, as well as the weight of these folds, are frequently correlated with the severity of entropion.

In addition to causing significant discomfort, the inward folding of the eyelids and the rubbing of the eyelashes against the cornea may result in painful corneal ulcers.

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Eye Problems in Bulldogs and Fr. Bulldog / CHEERY EYE:

Bulldogs are equipped with three eyelids: the typical upper and lower lids, as well as a third, passive lid that acts as a protective barrier for the cornea, resembling a windshield wiper.

In cases where the gland known as the nictitating membrane or third eyelid prolapses, often referred to as “Cherry Eye,” it exposes a reddish, oval-shaped protrusion resembling a cherry, which becomes visible in the inner corner of the eye.

bulldog puppy cherry eye

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Eye Problems in Bulldogs / DRY EYES (KCS):

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), commonly known as “bulldog dry eye,” is characterized by reduced tear production, primarily due to an immune-mediated response. This condition can lead to painful ulcers, inflammation of the cornea, and subsequent scarring, ultimately resulting in impaired vision.

bulldog dry eye KCS

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Painful Eyelid Prolmes / Distichiasis and Distichiae in Bulldogs:

Eyelid distichiasis and trichiasis occur when an eyelash grows from an abnormal location or position on the eyelid. Typically, these wayward lashes originate from the meibomian gland, with their roots positioned along the inner edge of the eyelids.

bulldog trichiasis with KCS and Cherry eye

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 Painful Eylash Ectopic Cilia in Bulldogs:

Ectopic cilia is a condition characterized by the abnormal growth of one or more hairs, typically occurring in the upper eyelid, where they make contact with the cornea. While similar to distichiasis, ectopic cilia involve the aberrant positioning of eyelashes, but they emerge from an abnormal part of the eyelid, often closer to the conjunctiva.

In Bulldogs, these ectopic eyelashes can be unusually stiff, pointed, and occasionally curled. As a result, the associated injury to the cornea and the pain experienced by the dog are comparable to those observed in cases of distichiasis.

abnormal bulldog trichiasis eyelashes KCS and Cherry Eye


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