Bulldogs & French Bulldogs
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Bulldogs and French Bulldogs are prone to a wide range of painful and debilitating breed-related medical conditions. Most can be prevented and safely treated at your home, at a minimal cost.

Category:   Eyes / Eyelids

Cherry Eye

What is that?

Cherry eye is a casual name for a prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (nictitans membrane) a condition common to bulldog puppies. When inflamed and exposed it looks like a "cherry".

Symptoms

Unilateral or bilateral red, rosy "cherry" like tissue at the inner corner of the eye. The pet might rub causing it to swell, ulcerate and bleed.

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Corneal Ulcer

Cornea Ulcer in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

The bulldog cornea is the outer layer of the eyeball. When injured/scratched a painful wound is created. In bulldogs, it often happens due to an eyelid problem, abnormal eyelashes, and/or dry eye.

Symptoms

Corneal ulcers are usually painful, your bulldog will squint, tear, blink, and paw at his eye. The cornea can appear red, vasculature, or punctured. Eye swelling, shut, and red and fluorescent stain under UV light (photo)

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Dry Eye KCS

Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Dry Eye KCS

What is that?

Bulldog dry eye or KCS (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is usually due to an autoimmune disease that affects tear production. Other underlining reasons could be sulfa drugs, hypothyroidism, and facial nerve injuries. .

Symptoms

The transparent clear cornea becomes vascularized, cloudy, red, and thick. Discharge is often purulent. Corneal ulcers and vision loss are expected.

Treatment

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Entropion

Entropion in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Entropion, an inward rotation of the eyelids, is common in bulldogs due to their flat heads and excessive skinfolds. The rolling eyelid with its eyelash meets the eyeball (cornea), causing pain and injury.

Symptoms

Noticeably painful spasmatic squinting and blinking eyelid that is rolled inward; the eye might be shut and the eyelid puffed. Conjunctivitis, and often a noticeable corneal ulcer due to eyelid rub.

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Tear Stains

Bulldog and French Bulldogs Tear Stains

What is that?

Bulldog tearstains are due to a red blood cell (RBC) by-product called “porphyrin" which is excreted in tears and saliva and activated when exposed to light. Also, tear overproduction or drainage issues will cause excessive tearing.

Symptoms

Unsightly, wet, reddish, tear stains are discoloration of skin areas that are in contact with tears and saliva, such as face and paws/legs.

Treatment

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Abnormal Eyelash

Abnormal Eye Lashes in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

What is that?

Eyelash problems are abnormal eyelash growth common to bulldogs. They can arise from an abnormal location or grow in an abnormal manner. The most common are trichiasis, ectopic cilia, and distichiasis.

Symptoms

An eyelash that grows inward toward the eyeball will cause corneal irritation, severe pain, and injury (corneal ulcer). Spasmatic squinting and blinking, puffiness, redness, and shut eyes are common.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma in Bulldogs and French Bulldog

What is that?

Glaucoma is an increase of pressure within the eye usually due to eye fluids (aqueous humor) drainage problems, or secondary to another eye disease.

Symptoms

Severe pain and painful eye and must be attended to as an emergency. The pupil is usually dilated, and nonresponsive to light, The eye is bluish cloudy bulging, and red. With immediate treatment, Glaucoma leads to blindness.

Treatment

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