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Are Bulldog ocular problems different than other dogs? Or is that just a bunch of bull? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Blog

In this VETgirl blog sponsored by Aventix, Dr. Shelby Reinstein discusses why it is not just "bull" that brachycephalic dogs have more challenging eye conditions!

Brachycephalic dogs (e.g., pugs, bulldog, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Boston Terriers) commonly get eye issues including corneal ulceration. Their conformational differences predispose them to ocular injuries including a lack of nose to protect, short skulls and shallow eye sockets. These conditions lead to prominent and exposed globes. Aside from their conformational changes, there are also "microscopic" reasons that brachycephalic dogs develop serious eye conditions including less nerve endings in their central cornea as compared to a mesocephalic dog. As Dr. Reinstein says..."if they don't feel, they don't heal!" In this VETgirl podcast, Dr. Reinstein will discuss why brachycephalic dogs with corneal ulceration should be treated with much more aggressive with treatment than other patients including antibiotic therapy, antibiotic therapy, and even therapy to help prevent ulceration!

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