Pugs at Melbourne EyeVet
As Veterinary Eye Specialists, Anu and Chloë have helped hundreds of Pugs with eye diseases.
Part of a Pug’s appeal is their wonderful prominent eyes, however this makes them especially prone to eye problems. These include:
This is where pigment grows across the cornea. In most cases blood vessels also grow across the surface. Approximately 50% of Pugs are affected with this condition to varying degrees. When severe, vision is affected, and some Pugs go blind. Pigmentary keratitis can usually be reduced with topical medications.
Is a scratch on the clear surface of the eye. Corneal ulcers require urgent medical treatment. In Pugs they can quickly progress to deeper ulceration, requiring surgery. Sadly many Pugs have lost any eye due to a severe corneal ulcer.
Oversized eyelid openings (also called macroblepharon)
Pugs with oversized eyelids can be more prone to trauma and exposure (where the cornea can dry out). This increases the risk of pigmentary keratitis and corneal ulcers. Surgery can be performed to reduce the eyelid openings, stabilise the tears on the surface of the eye and reduce the risk of trauma.
This is where the eyelid rolls inwards and the eyelid hairs rub on the cornea. The lower inner eyelid is the most common area for this. Entropion can be corrected with surgery.
Turned eyes (strabismus)
Many Pugs have eyes that look outwards rather than straight ahead (also sometimes called ‘easty-westy’ eyes!) This does not affect their vision and there is no treatment needed.
Where the eye pops out of the eye socket. Trauma is the commonest cause. Globe prolapses need to be replaced as soon as possible; it is important to keep the eye lubricated until the eye is replaced into its normal position. Seek veterinary attention immediately.
If you have any questions about your Pug’s eyes contact us at Melbourne EyeVet
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