MY CORNEAL ULCERS
I am not a doctor. I am a French Bulldog.
All of the information I will be posting here comes from the many conversations that Alex and I have had with my vet over the years. I want to provide some insight that I think will be helpful for you and your Frenchie pal but eye injuries should be assessed by a medical professional. French Bulldogs are prone to having more issues with healing corneal ulcers so vet intervention is likely needed regardless of the severity.
What are corneal ulcers? It is an open wound that has occurred on the clear surface of the eye. They can occur from a localized infection of the cornea, or an eye injury/trauma to the eye.
Left untreated ulcers can lead to scarring, vision loss or loss of the eye. They are also extremely painful. Alex paper cut her eye a few years ago so thankfully, she understands what I'm feeling.
Something that Alex learned through one of our many vet visits (and being inept at handling paper) is that while the ulcer may heal, that spot on the eye may become weakened and susceptible to future injuries/infections. I needed surgery to fix a corneal ulcer when I was 9 months old almost twice a year I suffer from a corneal ulcer in and around the same spot. Alex also has problems with dryness on the spot she paper cut her eye.
If you hover over my photo on the right, you can read some of my helpful tips to manage corneal ulcerations. Or if you're on a mobile device, the tips are right below.
Tips to manage eye ulcers
1. Invest in a hard plastic cone. While flexible or fabric cones (Elizabethan collar) seem like they may be more comfortable for your Frenchie, the goal is to stop us from damaging our eye further. We're pretty clever and can figure out ways to rub our eyes against surfaces so make sure the cone offers protection at the side of your Frenchie's head.
2. Keep medical solutions on hand. After my first couple of eye injuries, Alex asked my vet if there was something she could keep at home to treat minor ulcerations. Tobrex ointment has been crucial and has stopped many minor injuries from getting serious.
3. When you don't know, the cone is the way to go. I can't stress enough, how beneficial a cone is to help manage an eye ulcer. If your Frenchie's eye looks red, swollen or he/she is blinking a lot, it's always a good idea to put the cone on them and monitor. If you suspect an eye injury DO NOT remove the cone until a vet can check your Frenchie's eye.
4. I can't sniff these twigs with my eyes? Sometimes I feel for Alex. I think she believes that I smell twigs, sticks and other sharp objects exclusively with my eyes. I get very excited and as a result, don't always pay attention when I'm having fun. If it looks like I played a little too rough or got near anything sharp, Alex always does a quick check of my eyes after. Most injuries are visible or can be seen by shinning a light near my eyes.