‘Puppy dog eyes’ are eyes that are difficult to resist. So cute and innocent! Peering into your dog’s eyes can do much more than tell you their mood, as it’s also a great way to gauge their general health. Certain dog breeds such as Bloodhounds, Bullmastiffs, Great Danes and St. Bernards are known for having adorably droopy eyes. If you’re an owner of one of these breeds, make sure you can tell the difference between harmless droopiness and droopiness that could cause a health problem.
The easiest way to see if your dog has an eye problem is to take a good look at it. Redness, inflammation, discharge at the corners and tearing are all signs that something is amiss. So too is visible pink eye tissue. The problem can also present in younger dogs as squinting.
The reason that excessive droopiness is a problem is that the upper and lower eyelids are supposed to protect and hold the eye in place. Droopiness can hamper its ability to do this, leaving their eyes vulnerable to contamination and irritation, which can lead to infections.
If the problem is found to be minor by your vet, you might be prescribed eye drops and lubricants with antibiotics to keep infection from occurring. In this situation, try to keep your dog away from dusty areas or anything that could exacerbate the irritation.
If the problem is severe, surgery is a better option that will save your dog from a lifetime of painful and unpleasant infections. However, this procedure (which shortens the eyelid to prevent drooping) is considered as cosmetic by many pet insurance companies and will be expensive if paid for out-of-pocket.
Your best course of action? If you’re set on a droopy-eyed breed of dog, make sure you get yours from a breeder that can certify that the family it comes from doesn’t suffer from this eye problem. In all other situations, the sooner you get a diagnosis from a qualified vet, the better. They might be able to predict when they think your dog’s condition will require surgical intervention if the problem gets worse, which will give you some time to prepare.
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