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Bulging Eye Dogs

These are a few of the breeds whose big round eyes may bulge out of socket.
These are a few of the breeds whose big round eyes may bulge out of socket.
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I have a 4 year old Chug, a cross between a Chihuahua and Pug. He is very energetic and quite playful. He is also a cuddle bug and takes a while to warm up to what he thinks are occasional strangers. In other words friends or family members that do not visit daily. With that said, I love him and would do anything to keep him safe. Like most all pet owners, your pet is a family member themselves and you care for them like you would your child. Two weeks ago my pet Chug had to visit the Genesee County Emergency Center for Animals.

Winky (his new name) had suffered an eye injury, a very bad eye injury. Many dogs of his breeds have protruding eyes or bulging eyes. The kind of eyes that make them look like they are in shock through out the day. These particular breeds have a greater possibility of their eyes popping out of socket. Some of these include Pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese and the Lhasa apso, Shih tzo breeds. Their large round bulging eyes are more prone to dislocate from the socket. This may generally be caused by dog bites and other types possible injury to the head/eye area. Attempting to hold or restrain these breeds for any reason can cause the eye to bulge out so that the eyelids snap shut behind the eyeball. This stops the eyeball from returning to its eye socket and may damage the optic nerve. Unless you are familiar with pushing the eye back into the socket, it is best to leave it to your vet. I myself had seen this done a few times working as a groomer and I have successfully been able to push many a pets eye back into the socket with no permanent damage done. This time however, my pet had gone to long with his eye out of socket to not cause any damage.

The result in the end was the removal of the eye, which he has done extremely well with one eye now. The Animal Emergency Hospital, was very helpful and understanding. Winky is doing great!

Make sure if at all possible you take some precautions to prevent this from happening to your pet. When walking your pet on a leash, don't allow your pet to pull or tug the leash. Keep your dogs collar loose (allow two fingers to fit under the collar), Try not to play rough your canine and keep a vigil watch on them if they are playing with other pets. We understand that even while taking these precautions accidents do happen, when it does, remain calm and contact your local vet or the Animal Emergency Hospital for further assistants.