Common Eye Problems for Pekingese
The Pekingese are known to have a number of health and medical problems, including a few common eye problems that are discussed in this article.
Scratched Cornea Scientifically known as a corneal abrasion, a scratched cornea is common in the Pekingese breed because of their eyes protruding more than other dogs. Plus, because of their scrunched face, they do not have a long nose that can successfully protect their eyes resulting in their eyes being more susceptible to corneal problems, such as ulcers, abrasions, and more. If your dog’s eye suffers a scratch, a visit to the vet is necessary – the sooner the better, as antibiotic will be needed as will an eye gel that will lubricate the eye to prevent infection. If an infection occurs, your Peke could lose his/her eyesight.
Although it is rare, your dog’s eyelashes could turn inward and scratch the cornea causing a large amount of pain for your Peke. This can be prevented with regular visits to the vet and frequent trimming of the eyelashes. Sometimes, surgery may be required to correct trichiasis (the inward turning of the eyelashes), but the condition is very rare.
Eyes That Pop Out Usually only caused due to excessive head/eye pressure or head/eye trauma, eye prolapse is when the eyes pop out. This could happen from a dogfight or when playing roughly with your Peke. Because the eye socket is so shallow yet the eye is so large in the Pekingese breed, it is possible for the eyeball to pop out of its socket.
While it isn’t a sight that you, as a dog owner, will want to see, it is something that needs to be quickly fixed. If the eyeball can be put back into the eye socket quickly and without harm, your Peke’s vision will likely be unharmed. It is better to get to a vet than try to do this yourself, but if you are unable to get to a vet, then, with the help of another individual, you can attempt to place the eye back into the socket. Remember, time is of the essence in this type of situation due to the eye muscles swelling.
Tips on Treating the Eye Prolapse Yourself If you must do this yourself because you cannot reach a vet in time or there is not a vet available, here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- Stay calm!
- Keep the injured eye moist and protected.
- Cover the eye with a piece of gauze that you have soaked in lukewarm water or contact lens solution.
- Spray the gauze frequently to keep it moist without removing it from the eye.
- Make sure your hands are clean and sanitized.
- Grab the upper and lower lids and pull them both forward.
- Lubricate with petroleum jelly – don’t be greedy, put plenty on there.
- The eyeball may slip back into the socket when pulling the lids forward, but if not, you’ll need help.
- Have your assistant push the eyeball into its socket.
- If you are unable to do this because of the swelling around the eye, keep your Peke’s eye moist and fully protected at all times until you can get to a veterinarian.