Due to their flat skulls and somewhat compressed faces, pekingese eye problems are common. And being their handler, you should be careful on how you handle your dog and watch out for him always. Keep an eye out especially when he is playing around the house and double that precaution when he is playing with other dogs.
Scratched Cornea (Corneal Abrasion)
Since Pekingese dogs’ eyes protrude more compared to others plus they have flat noses, thus making them more prone to corneal ulcers. If you notice that your pekignese’s eyes become scratched, bring him immediately to the vet. Your vet would be expected to give him doses of antibiotics and lubricating gel to prevent any infection which would often lead to loss of eyesight if left untreated.
There are also times when their eyelashes would turn inward (trichiasis) which would rub their eyes and scratches the cornea and is a very painful experience for them. Even though this not a common scenario, when this happens your vet would do more aggressive interventions, usually surgery to correct it.
Eye Prolapse (Eye popping out)
This usually result after a head trauma or when there is an excessive pressure towards the head or body. Rough handling your pekingese or any circumstance which would put pressure on his eye can result to this one. This often seen during dog fights when the enemy would happen to catch the skin of your peke’s eye, thus his eyes pop out. This may freak you out but quick action and presence of mind will be able to help him save his eyesight. Simply put his eye back inside his socket gently, if you happen to live near the animal hospital or vet clinic, then rush to them immediately. But if the clinic or hospital is quite far away, then handle this on your own. Time is crucial here so that the eye muscles won’t swell.
Pekingese Eye Problems
The two problems that are common in the Pekingese breed are ulcerations of the eyes and slipped discs. What is possible is that your Peke may experience a prolapse of the eye. This is, however, rather unusual and will normally be as the result of a fight with another dog. What happens is that during a fight the other dog may catch the loose skin on the side of the eye, causing the eye to pop out, as the eyeball is very large and has an extremely shallow eye-socket.
Source: SanSaw Kennels, http://sansawkennels.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/your-pekingese-eye-care/ by Aggie
How to handle Eye Prolapse before going to the vet:
- Protect the eye and keep it moist. Get a piece of gauze and soak it in a lukewarm contact lens solution (or plain simple lukewarm water) and use it to cover the injured eye. Spray it every now and then to keep it moist, do not attempt to remove it once you have applied it on already.
- Bring him to the vet immediately. After wrapping the injured eye with the moist gauze, keep it in place and drive to the nearest vet or animal hospital.
How to handle Eye Prolapse on your own:
- Be calm. Wash your hands thoroughly and take hold of your pekingese’s upper and lower eye lids and pull it gently forward.
- Moisturize it. Apply lubricant generously with petroleum jelly. Be careful in applying it.
- Pull it. As you gently tug on your peke’s eyelids forward, his eye may instantly slip right back in place. Otherwise, be sure you have clean hands and gently push it back in place. If the eye isn’t going back in due to swelling, cover his injured eye with wet gauze and bring him to the vet immediately!
These are the common pekingese eye problems and it is good that you would be well-informed about it. I read from a forum site that he laid to rest his pekingese after seeing her experiencing an eye prolapse. He was freaked out and didn’t know what to do, so he submitted her for euthanasia. This is very sad news, really. Thus, it is very important for an owner to know first everything about a certain breed before deciding to buy or adopt it. Knowledge is truly power and yes, you are capable of saving your beloved Pekingese if you are educated.
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