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Pug Eye Health

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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)

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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.

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Obey the Pug.

Keep your pet’s eyeballs safe.

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Adventures in Eyeballs

Lola Pug injured her eye about a week ago, and even with her Uncle Deji’s prescribed treatment, she wasn’t getting any better. So off to the specialist we went to see what magical spell she could cast to heal the little one’s injury.

The Pug was happy for the adventure, but she was suspicious. Very suspicious….

 

There are dogs who are terrified at the vet, dogs who are indifferent, and then there is Lola Pug. Although always alert and on guard, her tail never stops wagging, and she arrives eager to make new friends and learn new things. (Poor little dude she’s keeping her eye on here had a gastrointestinal blockage. We hope he’s okay!)

 

I had optimistically (aka naively) hoped that the opthamologist would simply prescribe new drops and send us on our way, but The Pug ended up undergoing a corneal debridement and a grid keratotomy to help her eye heal. *shudder*

Needless to say, Lola Pug was MUCH braver than I would have been in the same situation. (It might also have helped that the clinic had an expert “pug hugger” to hold her still during the surgery.)

It was pretty traumatic for her, but she came out of it all with a pile of new meds and a new cone, and her tail was curled tightly (always a good sign of a pug’s mood) as she rather eagerly left the specialist’s office.

 

On closer inspection, I thought for a minute that she might be turning into a pug version of The Incredible Hulk – which really wouldn’t surprise me much, given the power of her hind leg kicks when she doesn’t want a certain doctor to look at her eyeball.

 

Sleep off those glowing green eyes, my little one. You’ll hopefully be cone-free in a few weeks, and all will be right with the world again.

You pugs and your eyes. Your beauty is also your weakness, little ones.

Now get some rest, and get better, little Bean!

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