French Bulldog Eyes: symptoms and care!

Edited by Dr. Jo


French Bulldog Eyes Care – Why?

Did you know that the field of vision for dogs is approximately 240 degrees, whereas in humans it’s just 180 degrees? And French Bulldogs may have an even greater field of vision due to the protruded positioning of their eyes.

Are you concerned about your French Bulldog’s eye problems? Worry no more and learn their common issues. Discover in 5 minutes how to correctly treat and clean your French Bulldog’s eyes to avoid the most common problems!

Why should you concern about French Bulldog’s eyes?

  • French Bulldog’s eyes are big and slightly protruded. That means they are easily injured!
  • Allergies, irritation, and infection are common threats to these beautiful black pearls.
  • These issues can develop bigger health problems, which can even lead to blindness!

Learn the proper eye cleaning technique to ensure that you do it safely at home. That way you can minimize the chances of French Bulldog eye problems, and you could potentially save yourself some extra trips to the vet. Let’s get started!

French Bulldog eyes problems

French Bulldog Eyes Problems (and HOW to avoid or treat them)

Bloodshot eyes

Bloodshot eyes may be normal for a French Bulldog, but they can also be a sign of discomfort. Tears are also produced if there is discomfort. Allergies are the main cause, although other conditions may cause it, such as Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca and Distichiasis.

Treatment: If allergies are the cause, you can start by trying to avoid the allergies. Diet changes, routine eye cleaning, and medicated drops from your vet can work to solve this. It’s hard to treat it during spring because of the abundance of allergenic agents, such as pollens and grass, so your vet is a wonderful source of advice.

Irritation

This can be caused by environmental debris, such as dust, or something more serious, such as an object trapped under the eyelid, for example, a grass seed.

Treatment: For dust, you can quickly treat this at home with eye rinse and eye cleaner. Applying daily eye lubricant if dust cannot be avoided, will help provide your French Bulldog’s eyes from becoming uncomfortable. If it is severe, you should visit your vet to check for something stuck.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

This is otherwise known as ‘Dry Eye’. It is when the eyes are not producing enough tears and become very dry. This is common in French Bulldogs as their eyes dry out very easily due to being protruded. It can be dangerous, as when the eye becomes very dry, it leads to ulceration of the outer layer of the eye, the cornea, which is extremely uncomfortable and can affect vision.

“Left untreated, eye infections can spread or lead to vision loss.”

AKC – American Kennel Club

Treatment: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca requires veterinary medication to increase tear production from the tear glands. It will also require frequent eye lubrication to help keep the eyes moist, and potentially antibiotic drops if ulcers have formed

Cherry eye

The third eyelid is a membrane in the inner-most corner of the eye. Cherry eye is when the third eyelid pops out of position and becomes swollen. It can happen in one or both eyes at the same time.

Treatment: Surgery is performed to replace the third eyelid back into the correct position and suture it in place to avoid it from happening again. Sometimes the other third eyelid is also sutured as even if it hasn’t popped out, it will be at a high risk of doing so.

Eyelash problems (Hereditary)

Distichiasis and Ectopic Cilia are two of the most prevalent eyelash problems in French Bulldog’s eyes. Both happen when extra eyelashes damage the cornea. That is very painful for your French Bulldog. It causes chronic ulceration which can lead to corneal swelling and in extreme cases, perforation.

Treatment: The eyelashes can be plucked out but they tend to recur approximately a month later. So, surgery is the treatment of choice to remove the hair with the follicle so there is no regrowth.

Entropion (Hereditary)

This is when the upper or lower eyelid rolls inward. It can be painful and cause ulceration of the cornea, due to the hairs touching the surface and causing friction. It is hereditary, and French Bulldogs with entropion should not be bred from.

Treatment: Surgery can be performed to evert the eyelids, although this can only happen once fully grown to avoid excessive over-correction.

Eye prolapse

This is when the eyeball pops out. It is most common among brachycephalic breeds or short-nosed breeds with shallow eye-sockets. This happens due to the shape of their skull, which has prominent brow ridges and causes the eyes to be in a susceptible or exposed position.

Treatment: In order to prevent this issue, try to avoid playing intensively with them because it can cause a trauma event. If a prolapse happens, the eye can sometimes be saved if you take your dog to your vet immediately.

Corneal ulceration

French Bulldog’s eyes are very prone to trauma due to their protruding position. This can cause scratches and ulceration on the surface of their eyes, which is extremely sore.

Treatment: Your vet will prescribe medicated antibiotic drops for your French Bulldog’s eyes to heal the ulcer and prevent it from becoming infected.

Important Note: French Bulldogs’ eyes are very delicate and are vulnerable to be injured if they get too excited. So, taking into account this issue, it is advisable to avoid playing too rough.

“Excessive blinking or pawing at the eyes are also indications that your dog has an infection or other problem….”

AKC – American Kennel Club.
how to clean French Bulldog eyes

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How Often Should I Clean My French Bulldog’s eyes?

French Bulldogs’ eyes should be cleaned on a daily basis to remove all discharge and keep them clean and healthy.


How To Clean French Bulldogs’ Eyes: Practical (And Easy) STEPS!

Since French Bulldogs’ eyes are quite delicate, you must pay attention to it and include cleaning into your daily routine. You must be careful though since you can cause also cause damage to the eyes if done too firmly. Other than the extra caution while cleaning French Bulldog’s eyes, this is a simple process.

  1. Get what you need! Most of the time wipes for eyes are enough, especially if you’re using recommended wipes for eyes. You can also use cooled boiled water on a cotton ball, but wipes are the best choice.
  2. Clean the eye carefully: Softly and slowly, wipe through the outer areas of the eye, removing debris, eye sleep, and other contaminants. Pay good attention to the inner corner of the eye where discharge and tears most commonly run.
  3. Reward your friend! Give her/him a treat for French Bulldogs and praise good behavior! This will help you train him and make it a positive experience for him.

Pro Tips To Clean Your French Bulldog’s Eyes:

  • Start cleaning your French Bulldog’s eyes since she/he is a puppy.  That way he will become accustomed to the cleaning process.
  • To keep your French Bulldog’s eyes from any discomfort, you must clean his eyes every day at least once a day. Twice is optimum.
  • You must avoid rough playing with him!
  • Do not use spray substances around your French Bulldog.
  • Pay attention to each cleaning routine so you can note changes in his eyes. This can save her/his eyes from problems developing further.

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My French Bulldog caught something in his eye. How do I remove it?

The big eyes of a French Bulldog are perfectly positioned to get damaged. In dusty places, this can become an issue. If your French Bulldog has caught something in his eye, here’s how to solve it:

  1. Firstly, calm down your pup. Your French Bulldog may become very upset when something is bugging him as this is an annoying experience for him (and also for humans as well!). You can use your pup’s favorite French Bulldogs’ treats or Separation Anxiety toys for French Bulldogs to achieve this.
  2. Sit down with your French Bulldog and place him on your lap. You can also put him on top of a counter if it is safer, that way you will have more access to his face.
  3. Open your French Bulldog’s eyelids gently with your hands. You must ensure your hands are completely clean and without irritants or substances on them. This may irritate your French Bulldog more and he needs to be calm for this or an accident can happen.
  4. Add a few drops of a sterile saline solution or distilled water. You can easily find these items on our selection of first aid kits!
  5. Let your dog go giving her/him a minute to blink.
  6. Clean away his tears with our recommended wipes for eyes for French Bulldogs.

If your French Bulldog’s eyes still seem irritated, which you will notice by excessive blinking, tears or rubbing his eyes, take him immediately to your vet to be checked out.


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Frequently Asked Questions – French Bulldog Eyes Problems

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Will my French Bulldog’s eyes pop out if I hug him too hard?

No, but they might if you put pressure on the eyelids or are too rough with him.

How often should I clean my French Bulldog’s eyes?

Eye discharge in French Bulldogs is rather normal, so you might need to clean them on a daily basis. This is usually because of mild environmental irritants, such as dust, or dryness, because of the fact they protrude. If they become uncomfortable or red, you should take your French Bulldog to the vet.

What to do if my French Bulldog’s eyes are red?

Visit your vet ASAP! There’s little you can do to help French Bulldogs at home without the right diagnosis from a vet.

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Conclusion

Now you’re ready to know what’s going on with those black pearly eyes and keep them clean and comfortable. As you just read, French Bulldog’s eyes can be protected by avoiding and applying certain practices. It’s important to note that the quality of the products you use along with our eye-cleaning tips will have a direct influence on the outcome. Always pick the best. If you cannot find the products we suggest, research any alternatives thoroughly and find one which is as close as possible.

So, did you properly clean your French Bulldog’s eyes today?


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Dr. Joanna De Klerk

Dr. Jo is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She was one of BBC's Young Vets and experienced in telemedicine services, interviews, and public speaking about dogs and cats. Author of Harper Collins' Tales from a Young Vet and Tales from a Wild Vet, and a series of books on different dog breeds. She currently has 2 dogs at home. This article is the result of her experience not only as a Vet but also as a dog Parent.