Do you have a pug?
Does your pug have eyes?
Not a joke question. A lot of pugs are “winkies” (one-eyed), or have had to have both eyes removed.
The late, great, Hazel, is my favourite example of an awesome, eyeless pug.
In the six years leading up to bringing wee Lola Pug home, I learned a *lot* about pugs. Among many things, I confirmed that pugs are, indeed, spectacularly awesome, and I accepted that a lot of my time and income would be going into keeping my pug healthy.
Well. Lola has turned out to be more awesome than I ever could have imagined, and I have, indeed, spent a sizeable portion of my income keeping her healthy. And as she ages, her medical needs have increased.
Which brings us to today’s post. And pug eyes.
Do you see what I see?
Trick question – there are two things going on here. Ignore the obvious blob, and look further.
Lola and I are no strangers to the pug eyeball game. She has already had two eye injuries that required surgery to heal, so we know that corneal ulcers are not to be messed with. Ulcers are serious and fast moving injuries that can lead to blindness, or worse.
We immediately trotted over to see Lola’s eye specialist – who we had just seen a few weeks before for a routine eyeball health check up – to get the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Lola seemed to take the news in stride.
To help an eyeball heal, you have to pull out the full Monty of treatment and care, and that’s just what we did. Meds, detailed and timed application of meds, and the dreaded CONE.
A lot of work, indeed. But you know what?
It’s working because we’re diligent with care – and with keeping the cone on – and because we got lucky.
Corneal ulcers are most common with stuffy faced dogs – Pugs, Bosties, Bulldogs, Frenchies, Shih Tzu’s, etc – but they’re not the only breeds – or species – to have these issues. So be diligent!
How can you tell if your pet has an eye ulcer?
A few symptoms that Lola Pug has experienced include:
- Watery eyes
- Wincing, winking, or closure of one eye
- Red eyes
- Pawing at eyes
- Sensitivity to light
What can you do if you think your dog has a corneal ulcer?
Get. To. Your. Vet.
It will not get better on it’s own.
And besides. If you go to your eye specialist, you’ll likely meet a lot of coneheads who are in the same situation as you are, and misery loves company, right? (yes, that’s a cat in a cone in a crate, and boy, did I feel sorry for him)
So. Pug eyes.
They require attention, time, and sometimes many vet visits to keep healthy and happy. Especially if your pup likes to go on sniffy adventures, or is aging.
Don’t overlook obvious symptoms, do exactly as your vet specialist tells you, and hopefully your pup will have a lifetime of healthy vision.
And as for that blob on Lola’s eyelid?
Well, that’s a whole other unfolding story. To be updated next time. I promise.
Obey the Pug.
Keep your pet’s eyeballs safe.