Basic Eye Care for Boston Terriers

Boston Terriers are known for their black-and-white coats and their goofy personalities. Something else that makes these dogs easy to identify is their bulging eyes. As cute as this feature may be, the Boston Terrier’s bulging eyes places him at risk for certain health problems. Keep reading to learn how to care for your Boston Terrier’s eyes.

Eye Problems in Boston Terriers

The Boston Terrier is a fairly healthy breed but they are prone to certain eye problems including cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal ulcers. Boston Terriers can develop cataracts at any age, especially in the case of juvenile cataracts, an inherited condition. A cataract appears as an opacity in the eye and it can lead to a complete loss of vision. Glaucoma is an eye condition that results from fluid buildup in the eye. As pressure inside the eye increases, it can cause the dog a great deal of pain and it can also affect the dog’s vision. Corneal ulcers are commonly caused by scratches or other injuries to the eye – this is particularly common in Boston Terriers since their eyes stick out so much. In mild cases, the ulcers will heal on their own with antibiotics and rest.

In addition to keeping an eye out for the symptoms of eye diseases in Boston Terriers, you should also keep your dog’s eyes clean and dry. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean up your dog’s face and the area around his eyes – make sure to squeeze out any excess moisture so you don’t get his face too wet. If your Boston Terrier has a problem with tear staining, you can purchase pre-medicated wipes from the pet store which will help to treat and bacterial or fungal causes for the staining. When bathing your dog, be especially carefully to avoid getting his face wet because soaps and shampoos can cause irritation.

Feeding Your Dog a Healthy Diet

The best thing you can do to maintain your Boston Terrier’s health is to feed him high-quality, nutritious diet. It may not seem like the food your dog eats affects his eye health, but what you feed your dog actually has a significant impact on his overall health and wellbeing. If the food you give your dog irritates his stomach, it could impact his nutrient absorption and nutritional deficiencies can lead to a number of serious problems. The best diet for Boston Terriers is generally a small-breed formula made with high-quality ingredients like real meats and animal-based fats. Try to avoid dog foods that are made with large quantities of grains and consider a gluten-free, grain-free formula for your dog to minimize the risk for food allergies.

Because the Boston Terrier’s eyes bulge out from his face you need to be especially careful. Make sure that none of your dog’s toys have sharp edges and be mindful about how you arrange the furniture in your house so your dog doesn’t bump into it. Always keep an eye out for signs of eye infections take your dog to the vet at the first sign of trouble.

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