Tackling Cherry Eye in English Bulldogs: A Dog Dad's Perspective

Discover effective strategies to manage cherry eye in your English Bulldog. This guide offers insights and tips for a healthier, happier bulldog.

Tackling Cherry Eye in English Bulldogs: A Dog Dad's Perspective

Ever noticed something amiss with your Bulldog's eyes? That red, cherry-like lump could be more common than you think.

When Luna first showed signs, I was concerned, but it turns out, it's a familiar story among us Bulldog parents.

Bulldogs, with their unique facial structure, often face this issue, setting them apart from other breeds.

What is Cherry Eye?

Cherry eye in Bulldogs occurs due to a prolapse in the third eyelid gland.

Bulldogs' distinct eye anatomy, characterised by their larger and more prominent eyes, makes them more prone to this condition than, say, a Beagle or a German Shepherd.

This isn't just a cosmetic issue; it's a health concern that requires attention.

Unlike humans (who only have two eyelids), dogs and cats have three – Vetinarypartner.vin.com

Recognising Cherry Eye in Your Bulldog

Apart from the obvious red lump, look out for signs like excessive tearing or your Bulldog pawing at their eye.

Luna became quite restless, and her constant scratching was a clear sign that something was irritating her.

The dewclaw - also known as - the thumb is a bulldog’s tool of choice when scratching around the eye.

These are signs are your cue to consult a vet.

The Risks of Ignoring Cherry Eye

Ignoring cherry eye can lead to chronic dry eye and other infections, potentially impacting your Bulldog's vision.

Early intervention is crucial to prevent any long-term damage to their eyesight.

Treatment Options for Cherry Eye

Surgical correction is a common treatment for cherry eye.

The most common procedure to address a cherry eye is a “pocket technique” where the gland is buried in a pocket of conjunctiva under the eye ball. Eyevetclinic.co.uk

The recovery process is crucial, involving medications and ensuring your Bulldog doesn't agitate the area.

Preventing Cherry Eye

Fortunately, Luna hasn’t required surgery. While there's no foolproof prevention method, maintaining overall eye health is key.

A balanced diet, possibly supplemented with eye-health-promoting nutrients, can be beneficial. Regular cleaning and vet check-ups are also vital parts of eye care.

Read also: Introducing ‘The Vet’

The Emotional Impact of Cherry Eye on Your Bulldog

Cherry eye can affect your Bulldog's mood and behavior. They might become more withdrawn or irritable.

Understanding and responding to these changes is crucial for their emotional well-being.

Your role is to provide emotional support and a calm environment. Bulldogs often pick up on their owner's emotions, so staying positive and composed can help them feel more secure during their treatment.

Pro Tip: Encourage your bulldog to sleep, I’ve found that in 9/10 situations this helped reverse Luna’s eyelid.

Wrapping Up

Early detection and proper care are vital in managing cherry eye in Bulldogs. Consult your vet promptly and remember, you're not alone in this journey.

We'd love to hear your experiences – has your Bulldog faced cherry eye? Share your story and let's support each other in this Bulldog-loving community.


Can cherry eye correct itself over time?

Occasionally, but it's rare and not something to rely on.

Are there any long-term effects of cherry eye surgery in Bulldogs?

It's generally safe, but every dog reacts differently. Speak to a vet for more information.

How can I comfort my Bulldog during cherry eye treatment?

Keep them calm and avoid letting them rub their eyes. Extra cuddles always help!