Eye See You

Well, this post is a week late, but better late than never! I wanted to post about an issue that happened with Bogey. Apparently there are some common eye issues that bulldogs have. One of them being ingrown eyelashes. One of my coworkers has a French Bulldog and 100% called that eyelashes would be the issue in this case.

We noticed that there might be an issue when all of the sudden, he wasn’t opening his right eye. We took him into the vet and he noticed that there was a small corneal ulcer on his eye. The vet thought that something had gotten in and irritated it and gave us antibiotic ointment to use for a week and then a recheck.

On the recheck, the corneal ulcer hadn’t gotten any better. The vet suggested doing the antibiotic ointment for another two weeks. He said if after another two weeks it wasn’t healed that we should go to the ophthalmologist. On the recheck, after two weeks, there was no change. We ended up taking him to Complete Animal Eyecare Center.

The Complete Animal Eyecare Center was a recommendation from our vet. Just for reference, our vet at that time was VCA Parkwood Animal Hospital. They are not a bad vet, but we may look for one more specific to bulldogs for the future because we both feel that this issue could have been diagnosed earlier. Please take your dog, if he’s a bulldog especially, to the eye doctor straight away as this is such a common issue with them. This way you don’t waste time and money on an issue that can be solved pretty quickly.

The eye vet is a really nice, older man. I was not at the first appointment with my husband, as I believe I had to work that morning. My husband said that it was quickly diagnosed. He removed the offending ingrown hairs from both eyes, removed the tissue that had built up due to the issue and placed a contact lens over the eye.

Bogey had to be in a cone for two weeks and had three different medications that had to be given each day. He had two twice a day and one three times a day. The one that was three times a day was a sensitive eye wash to help with the contact. Of course, the Monday after taking him, his contact came out and I had to drive him back to the vet to have it put back in. They did that free off charge.

The whole process was a little bit scary because the technical terms for what happened at his appointment were corneal debridement (removing the damaged tissue from the eye) and a keratotomy grid (from my understanding this a crosshatching pattern on the eye to help promote new tissue growth). Our little boy was so brave and got a toy for being such a good boy.

We immediately noticed a difference in his attitude after the appointment. He was back to being his happy-go-lucky self. He had become sluggish and more tired prior. He was back to prancing around and smiling. It was clear that his issue had been resolved. He never stopped eating during this time period, but emotionally there was quite a difference.

The recheck was two weeks later. We are so lucky to have two dog walkers who know how to administer eye medication. We have one walker who is a vet tech in training and the other had an elderly dog with eye issues. The recheck went well. He had his cone removed and no longer needs meds. We still use the sensitive eyes drops now for to clear his eyes of sleepies (yes, that’s the technical term).

At the recheck, it turned out that the contact had come out at some point. The vet said it wasn’t a big deal and the eye still healed very well. With all the eyes on his eyes, I’m surprised we didn’t catch it!

We go back for a follow up on February 9. If the ingrown eyelashes are still a serious problem, we may have to discuss alternatives that involve finding potential permanent ways to remove the hairs. Should that happen, I will make sure to keep everyone updated!

Stay tuned for more bulldog adventures next week!