The importance of taking your pet to the vet when noticing any signs they are unwell can be crucial for your pet’s health. In my story, it was an eye ulcer that caused my beloved pet some trouble.
Eye ulcers can lead to infection, blindness, eye surgery or even eye loss! Some breeds are more susceptible to them than others – French Bulldogs being one of them. Although Frenchies are very popular and (in my opinion) make the perfect little companion, they also come with a large amount of dedication and care - their adorably smooshy, flat faces don’t do them any favours when it comes to eye care! Unfortunately, because Frenchies don’t have a long snout like most dogs to protect them, their eyes are a very easy target from every angle of their face.
There are many different ways an ulcer can form and unfortunately sometimes we may never find what causes one. Some potential ulcer forming risks include; suffering from a dry eye in which the eye isn’t producing tears properly, an injury to the eye such as a scratch or knock to the face, and allergies or foreign bodies that have pierced or become stuck in the eye.
Signs of an ulcer may include a watery eye, redness, squinting or scratching. Similar to us, dogs will experience a lot of pain from an eye injury so if you ever notice any of these signs don’t wait, get to the vet as soon as possible.
I recently made this mistake with my own Frenchie. He has suffered one ulcer in each eye with no significant injury or possible reason as to why. His first ulcer developed while he was staying with his Granny on her farm in Hahndorf. When I collected him, he had a watery eye and was squinting every sporadically. I took him straight to the vet as this was unusual behaviour for him. I was informed he had an eye ulcer.
To treat the ulcer, he needed eye drops three times a day for two weeks plus a vet recheck every two to four days to make sure the ulcer hadn’t progressed into a much more harmful stage. The poor little guy would run away or situate himself into a corner as soon as I picked up the eye drops, he really didn’t like them! Luckily the ulcer healed quite quickly and we could finish his treatment.
A few months later he developed another one in his other eye! After only a few days he couldn’t open his eye any longer. After a vet check, I was advised he would need a procedure under anaesthetic, to scrape the ulcer off his eye and the vet informed me about how important it is to get ulcers attended to as soon as they are noticed (same day). There was a good chance my Frenchie would have lost his eye if I had left it any longer!
There are many different ulcer stages and sometimes the symptoms can be the same without knowing how bad they are. All canines can suffer from ulcers so be sure to know the signs and get to the vet as soon as possible.