Bulldog Eye Care

Bulldog Eye CareWhat could be more important than the health of your Bulldog’s eyes! They’re so complex and beautiful, yet in some ways, surprisingly fragile. The eyes, possibly more than any other facet of the Bulldog anatomy cannot be left uncared for.

How sad to see a Bulldog suffering from the pains of infection, ulceration, dryness and other irritants and abnormalities of the eye! Many times because we, as humans, cannot directly feel the pain our Bulldog is dealing with, we sadly, fall short of fully understanding the sobering nature of the circumstances.

Looking for Help With Tears Stains?

No matter the problem in eye care, it cannot wait! In any case of eye trouble, your Bulldog’s vision is enormously compromised when immediate care and attention is delayed. Permanent loss of vision is even possible. Considering the eyes contain the majority of available pain receptors in a Bulldog’s body, we just can’t allow pain and discomfort to go unchecked. An unhealthy pair of eyes will greatly diminish any Bulldog’s quality of life and desire to thrive. We owe it to our Bulldogs to provide them with the best eye care possible.

Healthy Bulldog Eyes

A healthy pair of squirrel finders should appear glossy and bright. Brown, black or sometimes a Bulldog’s eyes are blue, but they should never appear cloudy or hazy in color.  The cornea is naturally transparent. Eyes which appear bloodshot or red point to an array of possible problems including: allergic reaction, dry eye, ulcers(scratch or gouge), conjunctivitis and Glaucoma.

The “whites” of the eyes should be just that, white, not yellow. Yellowing of the eye spells possible liver dysfunction. Be suspicious if your Bulldog is always rubbing his eyes, squinting or tearing. There should be no excessive tearing or crusty goobers on or around the eyes. The eyelids should not be inflamed or puffy. The eyelashes should not rub the eye balls.

Cherry Eye

Likely the most common problem in Bulldog eye care . This normally only happens in younger dogs. Have you spotted a round bulge on the inside corner of your Bully’s eye, reddish in color? The name(cherry eye) speaks for itself. Basically what happens is the tear duct or third lining of the eye lid becomes dislodged and protrudes from the eye. There may be increased tearing. Once a cherry eye has been discovered you can bet it popped out because of trauma to the eye area or as a result of horseplay. Don’t worry, although it can restrict eyesight and become irritated it’s not thought to be very painful.

Take a look on YouTube and you’ll see a few videos revealing how to push the cherry eye back into place. Does this trick work? Yes and no. In our experience it’s quite easy to massage the duct back in place, but most of the time the blasted thing just won’t stay. Nevertheless, because this Bulldog cherry eyetechnique is relatively simple and won’t cost you a dime. It’s absolutely worth a shot.

Here’s how to massage the cherry eye back into place: Apply some eye lubricant if available. Just below the cherry eye, gently push the lower eye lid up and over the cherry softly pressing it back toward the corner of the eye(toward the nose). Sometimes they go right in. Other times no luck, but if it’s your first time you’ll need to practice. After a few failed attempts, wait a day or two and try again.

Treatment Options

Still no luck? This condition is typically fixed by your veterinarian in one of two ways. Either tack that ghoulish cherry eye down with a stitch or it can be surgically removed. The veterinarian will warn you that by only tacking the cherry eye down there is a chance of re occurrence. Considering this fact you’ll almost instantly think it most frugal and time saving to just cut the sucker out. However, careful study would reveal that removing the cherry eye will likely carry with it a few added problems.

It’s important you know this bad boy that popped out is responsible for producing much of your Bulldog’s tears. A loss in tear production can lead to chronic dry eye leaving the eye nearly helpless in flushing dirt and debri away and fighting infection. Believe me, severe dry eye is not a diagnosis you want to hear coming out of your vet’s lips. We’ll talk about dry eye further into the article.

A reasonable veterinarian should be able to surgically remove the cherry eye/s for around 80-100 dollars each. The operation requires anesthesia, but it’s an in and out procedure usually only taking 1-2 hours to complete. They’ll send you home with some topical antibiotics and a few pain pills. If you’re lucky, you might even be awarded one of those state of the art cones to wrap around your Bulldog’s neck! Recovery is almost instant. The previously mentioned method of repair is very similar price.

My absolute best advice for those not sure what to do with their Bulldog’s cherry eye is to have it tacked down. It’s important you find a Bulldog specific veterinarian who is skilled in the routine of simply “tacking” the cherry eye down.

I recently spoke with our vet concerning the subject and treatment for cherry eye has been much improved over the last few years. Dr. Grzenda of Animal Clinic Northview mentioned that removing the cherry eye should be considered a last resort. She added that after recent improvements in technique, the practice of tacking the cherry eye down is now a long lasting procedure and it usually lasts the life of the pet.

What Those Who Have Had Experience With Cherry Eye Surgery Say to Expect:

Janet Hill Weaver Janet Hill Weaver: Had ours removed vet said could possibly pop back up if you have them tucked…been a year no drops no dry eye no problems
Patty Wessel-MantellPatty Wessel-Mantell: Ours had it, one eye popped out. The vet prescribed drops for his eye. We used them for a week and they did not take down the swelling of the cherry eye. We did the surgery, not removal, just where they basically sew it in.
Then the following month the other eye got cherry eye. We did the drops again and ended up doing the surgery. Then the first eye popped back out again a little bit. The doc gave us a break and just charged us for the anesthesia (for the first eye again, he thought that maybe a stitch had come undone.)
Sydney PayneSydney Payne: My little Vinnie had cherry eye in both eyes and we ended up doing the surgery. He fully recovered and it hasn’t popped out since.

How a Vet Properly Repairs Cherry Eye

Talk with your vet and together, make an informed decision you both think is best for your Bulldog. I’ve been down this road before. I’ve learned that everything possible should be done to try and preserve the eyes in their original form for the long term health of your Bully.


bulldog eye problemsEntropion is a rolling of the eyelid in toward the eye which then causes the eye lashes to scratch the eye with every blinking action. Talk about torture! A very peculiar genetic defect that comes on unannounced. Entropion is a very painful and irritating nuisance to any Bulldog.After prolonged rubbing of the lashes, the cornea sometimes appears to protrude or bulge from the rest of the eye and the blood vessels bulge.

With this dysfunction of the eyelashes, you’ll notice a milky cloud develop over the eye in part or full. This hazy appearance is actually Adema and it occurs when the thin layer of tissue in the eye becomes swollen and filled with fluid. Corneal Adema is his eye’s way of protecting itself from further damage and can be reversed temporarily with a few drops of steroids from your vet.


Surgery is required to correct this genetic eye defect. In surgery, your vet will remove the encroaching lashes once again allowing for a smooth blinking action between the eye and the lid. If you notice extra tearing, bloodshot or milky eyes and rubbing of the eyes, get your bully to the vet as soon as possible. The process is no sweat and is usually successful the first time around. However, failure to act immediately can result in eye damage or total vision loss. If you can’t get a vet appointment quickly, it’s recommended you purchase some eye lubricant to help guard against further damage of the eye. 

What Those With Experience Say to Expect After Entropion Surgery:

JoAnne Pagano Portanova JoAnne Pagano Portanova: Mine did fine, he feels great looks great, even let the vet remove his stitches without any meds.
Ashley Lynn Ashley Lynn: If you can afford to take the day off, I would. But mine also gets whinier than a big burly lumberjack with a cold. When she doesn’t feel well you can’t snuggle her enough.
Dee McSan Dee McSan: We did dissolvable stitches.It took longer to come out but didn’t have to worry about sedating to remove.Just know he may look really rough after surgery,dont let it scare you.I cried when I seen my Chunk.He looked like he came out of a horror movie. Definitely leave cone on!We took it off after 2 weeks and he went straight for the eyes.  


(dis-ti-chi-asis) is very similar to Entropion except the lashes are usually shorter and tucked away deeper into the eye socket behind the eye lid. These things feel like needles poking the eye. They can be burned off with a laser by your veterinarian and once they’ve gone there usually isn’t a re occurrence.

Sarah TrottDebbie Tonge: Yes I have a bulldog that’s had this I was sent to a eye specialist he had both eye lids slit and froze to kill the follicle he was right as rain after the surgery.
Debbie TongeSarah Trott: Aww thank you for your reply, could you tell me average cost of this as I have no insurance just want to get a rough idea.


Debbie Tonge: I am in England and because i was refereed to a eye specialist it was around the £5000 mark but i had insurance.

Gary GrayGary Gray: Ours had both eyes done at an eye specialist, froze follicles with liquid nitrogen and a small tuck on one eyelid. Was sore for a couple of days but no issues. In Uk and cost was about £1000.

Sicca/Chronic Dry Eye

This is a dastardly condition affecting a large number of Bulldogs. Characterized by the milky haze and gnarly goobers covering the eye. this is visually, one of the more gruesome looking eye problems a Bulldog might suffer from. You’ll notice the cornea and surrounding tissues of the eye have become inflamed. Increased blinking is another sign of dry eye.

What Causes Dry Eye

A few of the most common causes of chronic dry eye in Bulldogs include: nuerological disorders or disease of the tear gland, a congenital defect, and removal of the third eye lid or “cherry eye”. These are all possible explanations for the beginnings of sicca, but in my experience, most cases of chronic dry eye arise in direct correlation to the cherry eye removal. Earlier in the article I shared with you that extracting the cherry eye will inhibit or even cease natural tear production eventually leading to chronic dry eye. This fact alone should cause you to think twice before making any quick decisions regarding the health of your Bulldog’s eyes.

It’s unfortunate the procedure(cherry eye removal) is being so quickly recommended by veterinarians when it often aggravates the condition of the eyes by devastating natural tear production levels. I fear physicians aren’t making clear the importance of preserving this vital component of the Bulldog eye. Of course, I understand, sometimes there may not be any other option, but if I had my choice, I’d rather spend time every few days cleaning a cherry eye than following the relentless treatment regiments demanded for dry eye.

Dry Eye Treatment

Brace yourself…This is no easy fix. In fact, the treatment for dry eye in Bulldogs is an ongoing process. Once this condition is contracted most Bulldogs will need some type of ointment or eye drops applied multiple times per day, every day. Don’t use saline drops as they can agitate the problem.

Your best bet? Get an accurate diagnosis from your Veterinarian and go from there. Our oldest Bulldog Lily (9 yrs) suffers from mild, chronic dry eye. After her diagnosis we used gels like the puralube ointment(right), but found those to be almost completely useless. You could give these a try, but I think they’re a lost cause.  Our vet gave us a prescription for a medicated gel called Optimmune, but it didn’t work either. We wondered if the Optimmune was making Lily’s dry eye worse.

Finally, after going through a couple tubes of the Optimmune, we spoke with our vet again. We were then given a bottle of Tacrolimus suspended in corn oil which worked wonders for Lily’s eyes! The results were clear and her eyes were back to normal in only a week!

When researching for this article, our veterinarian, in reference to chronic dry eye said, “what a terrible disease!” He expressed frustration and sadness in the fact that, “most owners can’t afford to buy the necessary eye ointment to treat their dog’s condition. These dog’s will undoubtedly succumb to blindness.” How sad!

Ask your vet for this Tacrolimus and apply a drop of the liquid medication in the eye two times per day. For best results, do not skip a day. Don’t even skip a single application.

56 Responses to Bulldog Eye Care

  • Dan

    My 6 months frenchie has constant red eyes – more on the inner third-eye lid bit. Here actual eyes look fine, but the constant redness on the third eyelid makes it looks worst than it is.

    Should I just go see the vet, or is this allergies? She doesn’t seem to claw at it, or worry much. Is there some sort of eye drops I can just buy?


    • Dan Weese

      Hi there. There are drops you can buy but most of them are just common saline. It could be allergies. You can flush the eyes with a saline solution twice a day for a few days to see if that helps. If the redness doesn’t go away you might consider a vet appointment to look into a possible infection. I think it’s a great sign that the whites of the eyes aren’t bloodshot. This is difficult to say, but keep watching for your bully to begin scratching or rubbing. At that point you would want to schedule with the vet. Either way, this shouldn’t be any cause for great concern.

  • Erik D

    My Jr has had the cherry eye surgery and it cost me over $1500.00 but within 2 weeks the cherry eye was back. The vet claims this happens a lot and offered to do the surgery again for 1/2 price but when I asked if this(recherrying) would just happen again she said the chances were 50/50 . Is this true ? did I get scammed?

    • Dan Weese

      Sorry this happened.  Cherry eye surgeries can fail. Usually, if the gland is going to pop back out again it will happen in the first week or two. In my experience they’ve always held after surgery. I think it depends on the surgeon and his/her skill. Its also important for the first week or two after surgery to keep your bylldog from playing rough, running or participating in any other strenuous activities to avoid a relapse. I think $1500 is extremely expensive and uncalled for. We’ve been to the mother upper scale of vets and been charged no more than $800. So, were you scammed in your experience with the cherry eye removal? I don’t think so, but I would try to get reimbursed for half the price you paid and go to a different vet with a much higher success rate if possible.

  • Jasmine

    I was wondering if you could give advice on our 9 month old french bulldog’s situation.

    His left eye has been red, watery and itchy on and off for a month. He squints a lot and tries to paw at it occasionally so we put the cone on him a lot.

    We’ve visited two vets and he’s only responded well to anti histamine drops. When it finally cleared up, he went back to doggy daycare, but came home with a bad eye again. We were back at square one.

    We took him back to the vet who prescribed steroid drops this time, but he’s not responding to it at all. The vet reckons it’s allergies but we don’t know what. we also don’t know what to do next – does he have to be on eye drops all his life? Is it even an allergy?

    It’s frustrating to see him so uncomfortable. Please help.

    • Dan Weese

      I would say allergies are affecting him too, except you mentioned it’s only one eye that has become red and irritated. If it was allergies I would think beyond a doubt that both eyes would be itchy and irritated, not just the left. I’d say you need to search that eye for other possible causes. Look for a bumb or stye on the rim eye-lid or foreign object. You may have to consider seeing an eye specialist. Kudos to you for keeping the cone handy. No doubt, that will help to prevent further damage and irritation to his eye.

  • Michelle


    I am babysitting my sons french bulldog while he is helping with the disaster in Florida.  He is just over two and VERY active. He plays pretty rough with my dogs (a older Rottweiler and a Boston Terrier).  I haven’t seen any signs that he has been injured during their play ( no crying or yelping).  I noticed yesterday that both of his eyes look like there is blood covering large parts of the white. I have tried to curtail the playing and keep them all separated. I hate it because they have such fun.  I noticed one eye looked better last night.  I put a few drops of saline solution in his eyes, in case they were dry.  We are in Illinois, so it is changing seasons and he spends a lot more time outside here than he does at home.  I am worried about him, but think my son mentioned his eyes being really red once before ( I have been unable to reach my son for clarification).  I wish I could send a picture because I don’t know if I am describing it correctly.  I can take him to a vet if you think that is what he needs but if it is just an allergic reaction to the different environment, I don’t want to over react. Anything you can tell me or suggest would be appreciated.  Is this something that is common in bulldogs? Do you think it is an injury? Suggestions for home care or should I just take him to the vet?  Thanks

    • Dan Weese

      I would just use a wet cloth to compress over the eye, but yes, they do get a bit bloodshot after a lot of activity. As long as he’s not pawing at the eye and you don’t see any obstructions he should be fine.

  • Bre

    Hi, My husband and I just brought home a new English bully<3. He is 4 months old. He is so loving and full of energy. We did notice is third eye lid pops out every now and again. We have only had him for three days so far and it usually pops out once a day. Not sure if it's from playing or being active.. the breeder said he uses eye drops on all his bully pups to help prevent the cherry eye since it is so common. We are taking him to our Vet today to get established, but my question is if the doctor prescribes us an eye drop to use, would this stop the third eye lid from popping out permanently? We were wondering since he was so tiny still that once he gets bigger, his head will grow and fix this issue? We are going to ask our Vet as well, but figured we would get another opinion. Our last bully never had this problem so we are unsure on how to take it. So far, we have just massaged it back in and it has worked perfectly. Ofcourse, we would like the occurrence to stop and hope he grows out of it before any idea of surgery. It doesn't seem like its bother him much.

    Appreciate it 🙂

    • Dan Weese

      Hey there. I’ve never heard of any eye drops that prevent a cherry eye. I’d say because he’s still young you might try to wait and hope to get lucky. In my experience though, this usually doesn’t correct itself.

  • Maria jenkins

    My British bulldog as dry eye wat can I buy for him

  • tom amer

    Charlie Pup is a two & a half year old English Bulldog.

    Protecting me yesterday he obtained a 10mm cut to his lower eyelid, post a traumatic day at the vets we seek advice please:

    Can the injury be glued & not stitched by the vet?

    Charlie reacts badly to anaesthetic.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Dan Weese

      Sorry to hear this happened, Tom. Unfortunately, this is beyond my understanding in eye care so I won’t be able to help. Maybe someone else here has had a similar experience. At any rate, I wish you and your boy luck and healing!

  • Maria jenkins

    My bulldogs eye looks like it’s got cling film on it could u tel me wat it is

  • Sharon

    Hi. We just recently brought home an 11 week old french bulldog. I noticed his eyes are watering a lot and has some crustiness thst ive been wiping away withba warm cloth. You can see the third eyelid its a bit red but not poping out…is this cherry eye or allergies? I read that tearing is common in puppies when teething? Can i send a picture of his eyes to you please?

  • Chelsey

    Hi, I wonder if you could give me some advice. My British bulldog is 8.5 years old, he was fit and healthy until two weeks ago when he developed an eye ulcer on his right eye and then his left the vet thought it may have been caused from Entropion and so brought his bottom eyelids down a little. Back at the vets today and his Right eye is not looking good he suggested he may need his eye removed? Bentley is very disorientated, unhappy and bumping into everything. What would be your advise to the next steps we take? Thanks in advance

    • Dan Weese

      Sotry to hear this, Chelsey. It’s hard for me to say. If this ulcer has been eating away at your bully’s eye it’s very possible the eye is too far gone to be saved. I’ve heard of eyes needing removal after only 4-5 days of this. If you have a trained eye specialist telling you it needs removed I’m sure that’s what needs done, unfortunately. If the doctor isn’t an eye specialist, I would tell you a second opinion from a more qualified professiona is in order. I wish you and your bully all the best.

      • Jennifer

        I know it’s a little late for a reply, but our English bulldog had the same issue.  We took her to a veterinary opthamologist, and she ended up having three surgeries.  Her cornea was pretty far gone because another doctor had completely removed her third eyelid in a cherry eye surgery (or else it had disintegrated).  The doctor ended up grafting tissue from another part of the eye over the cornea, but we (nor the doctor) were very optimistic it would take hold and begin increasing blood flow to the cornea.  To our great surprise and elation, it worked.  The alternative was to remove her eye.  We chose to take a chance even though it was expensive.  We probably spent a total of $3000 or so to take care o this. (No pet insurance.) Her eye looks red and kind of zombie-like, but we think it’s better than no eye, and at least she has partial vision in that eye.  The vet said it’s a bit like looking through cobwebs, but in this case the redder, the better.  The redder the eye, the more blood flow, and therefore, more visual acuity.  Hope this helps someone.  My best advice is when in doubt with a bully’s eyes, don’t hesitate to get it checked out by a veterinary opthamologist. Our regular vet, who we love, did a lot of drops and “wait and see,” and I think it would have made a difference if we’d seen the specialist sooner.

        • Karen Russell

          Thank you so much for your informative reply to the other lady’s dilemma.
          It helped for our Josey’s future, as I probably would not have gone to a specialist until I messed around with an unqualified vet for too long

  • Suzie A

    We have a 5 month English Bulldog with Cherry Eye in both eyes 😥 We have his surgery booked for a couple of months from now but his eyes are constantly discharging puss and his eyes are often stuck shut when he wakes up in the morning. I am wondering if this is likely due to the cherry eyes or if maybe it’s an allergy as he often seems to have a runny nose, tries to cough up pheglum (sometimes succeeds) and gets pretty lathargic sometimes. Hopefully the surgery will clear everything up for him, we hate seeing him like this. Any thoughts? Thank you, Suzie and Dustin

  • Kayleen

    We have a six month old french/english bulldog mix named Benson. Benson got his first Cherry eye when he was 12 weeks old and he gets them OFTEN so we have gotten pretty pro at massaging them back into place. Lately though he can’t go more than an hour or two without getting one and they are getting bigger and harder to massage back into place and seem to be causing him discomfort now which they never had in the past. We aren’t planning on getting him fixed until he is finished growing so after he’s a year old at least. We planned with his vet to have all of his surgeries done at that time to avoid having to put him under on multiple occasions.  Is there a way that we can help limit the frequency and severity of his cherry eyes so that we can put of his eye surgery for a few more months?

    • Dan Weese

      Great question. The only way I know how to delay the cherry eye from popping out is to limit heavy exercise or play. It just seems like they always come out when the dog is highly active. I’m very curious to see if anyone else has found a way to avoid the cherry eye from coming out without the help of surgery!

  • Jana Yerxa

    Hi There,

    I have a 3 year old Bulldog. Her name is Majik. She had a rough go in her life with her eyes. At 6 months, she had surgery on both eyes for cherry eye. It turned out she was allergic to the sutures used in surgery so it took a while to heal. She has had some corneal ulcers. At one point, we brought her to an opthomologist because the vets were puzzled with her read puffy eyes. Since that time (2 years ago) her eyes seemed good. She was taking optiimunne, prednisolone and optixcare. However this past summer she has had flare ups on and off with her right eye. It would get puffy and looks milky. It is only the one eye. Again the local vets are puzzled. Initially they and we were hoping it was allergies but now it is going into the fall. Please let us know what we can do to help her. She is not pawing at her eye but sometimes it is so swollen it is completely closed. But when she gets excited, her eye can appear perfectly normal. She also blinks a lot.

    • Dan Weese

      That is a rough go. I didn’t know a dog could be allergic to the sutures. I, like your vet, am puzzled. The only thing that caught my eye was where you said the eye looked “milky.” Did your vet test for dry eye? Dry eye can make an eye look puffy and milky and it can be localized to just one eye.

  • Thomas Johannsen

    Hey Dan ,

    Noticed my bulldogs eyes are drooping a little on the outer bottom. Can be very red more times than not, he doesn’t seem to be irritated by it , never see him rubbing at it but looking to prevent damage and the droopy look. He will be 1yr old in a couple weeks so I would like to take care of this while he still young. Thanks

    • Dan Weese

      Usually the one sign something is wrong or the bulldog is in pain is if they’re rubbing the eyes. If he’s not noticeably irritated by this maybe there’s nothing actually wrong with the eyes even though cosmetically they might look undesirable. Nevertheless, your welcome to send me a picture to our facebook page so that I can give you my best advice.

  • Kathy

    I read on one of your comments from someone about coconut oil for Bulldogs eyes . Petunia has red eyes an ozzing from her eyes . What can I do for it

    • Dan Weese

      I think that previous comment may have been meant for the wrinkles below the eyes where tear stains often set in. For red, irritated eyes I usually recommend you just use sterile eye solution for humans. The goobers are normal at a minimum. If you suspect something more serious might be the cause of all of this make sure you inspect the eyes for overall health as outlined in this article. If you still aren’t sure, it might be a good idea to visit your veterinarian.

  • Chris C.

    I just recently purchased my 3 month old
    Olde English Bulldogge and he has irritated eyes.
    Yesterday it was just one eye and today it is both.
    He opens them when he is running or is excited but when he lays down or just stands stiff his eyes seems to be squinting
    Please help me
    What do i do??

    • Dan Weese

      You say his eyes are irritated because he squints them when he’s sitting or laying. It would seem like odd behavior, but honestly, our Bulldogs do the eye squinting when sitting also. It looks like they’re falling asleep. It could be completely normal. i would say unless there are some other signs of eye irritation like pawing at the eyes or excessive tearing, he’s probably fine.

      • Suzy stone

        We just got our olde English bulldog , she’s about 2 months old , her eyes are irritated not running or anything but she won’t open them and is pawing at them , her sisters had to have There’s stitched , will this help .

        • Dan Weese

          Sorry to hear this. It sounds like your sister’s bulldog must have had Entropion? If so, this is when the eye lashes grow inward toward the eye instead of outwa rd and constantly scratch the eyes. This would need surgically corrected. Of course, a veterinarian would be needed to get a definite diagnosis, but this defect is not super hard to check for.

  • Trisha

    Help!  My bulldog Gunner has horrible tear stains from constant watering eyes!  His eyelashes don’t appear to be the cause.  What other things could cause this?  Is it possible he has allergies?

    • Kim

      Hi, I was wondering if you got an answer to your question about the stains from water eyes. I’m new too bulldog care. I have a 5 month old and a 8 wk old, but the breeder I bought them from says it has to do with their drinking water. You should be giving them filtered water or bottled water.

      I hope this helps. I give mine water from the frig despenser.

  • Rhonda

    Hello, I am new to this site but really like the information that I have found here. I have a 4 nth English bulldog. His eye was irritated yesterday and took him to vet. The vet said no sign of cherry eye just red due to allergies. To keep clean. Well, I have been doing that along with warm compresses. Even been trying some puppy eye drops. Just looks like it is not getting better. More red today and a bit swollen. Stopped the most of the horseplay with other dog in fear it will hurt him.
    What else could I try? Yes, I may be over reacting but just need to know if there is anything I can do to help my boy. Thanks

    • Alison Lucey

      I’m having the same prob with my 18 month old. It started with redness and inflammation of the eye and then I notice oozing and a sore in the fold on that side of her face and the skin of her nose came off as well. The Vet gave me an eye ointment and recommended Benadryl or Zyrtec. These recommendations are not working. I started the coconut oil 2 days ago but I’d appreciate any other advice.

      • Jinger Lamanna

        I know this a late reply, but I started using Wrinkle Balm and Snout Soother under the eyes from Natural Dog Clmpany and it’s already helping!

  • Tiffany

    I just recently had cherry eye surgery for my English bulldog almost 2 weeks ago. Is the eyelid suppose to still b red and covering half the eye? When will the eyelid go back into hiding?

    • Dan Weese

      I don’t think there should be any redness this long after the surgery. In our experience with cherry eye surgery and correction there was redness for a few days afterward. When you say that the eyelid is covering half the eye I assume you’re talking about the third eyelid. It can be normal for the third eyelid to appear slightly different or sit in a different place than usual, but if it’s covering that much of the eye you might ask your vet to take a look at it. I think every case is different. You do want to make sure to tell your vet of any swelling, redness or discharge at this point as that might be concerning to them. At the least, maybe they’ll let you snap a picture of the eye and text it to the doc?

  • Adaly

    Help please my bully’s eyes both look really low when she’s sitting and her right eye has a lot of boogers she can barely open it my brother tried to open it I don’t know what could be wrong with her

    • Dan Weese

      Hmmmm. Hard to say, Adaly. If she won’t allow you to open the eye it could because she’s in pain. The extra eye boogers might be a sign something is wrong. How does she react when you try to open the left eye? I’m not sure what you mean when you mention that her eye’s “look really low.” If you want to send me a picture of something to my facebook page I would be happy to help further. You may have to get her to the vet in the morning. Message me here.

  • KeAnn L.

    Hello! This page has been wonderful for information. My 4 year old bulldog, Clarence, has entripon and this page was really helpful. I am hoping to get his surgery done within the next couple months. I’ve been really nervous because sometimes when he lays down his eyes sag a little and there’s red on the bottom under his eye. is that what cherry eye would be. should I just rub it so it goes down?? also, one of his nipples is really swollen. it is not sensitive since I touch it sometimes. would it be swollen because he scratches his sides a lot due to dry skin? I have finally found coconut oil for his skin so I’m hoping as time goes on now that I have it that problem will subside.

    • Dan Weese

      KeAnn, glad to hear you’re finding the website helpful! A cherry eye is more than just a red color on the eye. With cherry eye you’ll notice a red ball or lump about the size of a navy bean in the inside corner of the eye. It is possible if the lining on the lower part of the eye is red and raised that he has an infection for which he would need an antibiotic treatment. Not sure about the swollen nipple, but if you send me a picture to our facebook page I would be happy to take a look for you. Message me.

  • Rebecca

    hi Dan,

    I am from China, your article really helped. My bulldog Julie is 3 years old, and she got dry eye half a year ago. Her dry eye not caused by cherry eye operation, and we went to our vet and he can not tell us the real cause. So we are using artificial tears every day, and according to our vet’s speaking, there is no way to cure this dry eye problem. Finally, I saw your article, and you mentioned “Tacrolimus suspended in corn oil”, is this a drug? like eye drop? Could you please give more details about it? I want to buy this in China for my baby Julie. Thanks a lot!

    • Dan Weese

      Sorry for the late response, Rebecca. We were out of town. Yes, the Tacrolimus is a drop and must be prescribed from a doctor, but it is worth every penny. It is the only thing that we found to work and it works flawlessly. Any other eye drops or medications either had no effect or seemed to worsen the dry eye. We get it for about 50 dollars a bottle and one lasts about 4 months. Good luck!

  • Deseree

    Please help. Recently my bulldog’s eye boogers, bottom of his paws and tail (ingrown tail) have been all a stranger burgundy color. Is there anything recommended topically or a change in his diet that can help?

    • Dan Weese

      This is strange to me considering how different each of these areas are. I’m not sure exactly how they could be linked. Can you please send me a picture of the goobers in your bully’s eyes to our facebook page?

  • patricia kenney

    My Berkly displayed a “red film” rising from the bottom of her eye.  It starts from the bottom of her eye and depending on where she looks it may move over the iris.  It doesn’t look like cherry eye…:'( no discharge.

  • Kathy

    My bully is 10 months and two days ago he appears to have cherry eye. It came up after our walk on 2 occasions then when playing in the home. It’s it because we exercise him quite alot. He is full of energy on his walks and bounds around. I’ve massaged it and his is on ant histamines at the moment I’ve is an allergy

  • Tracey Stamper

    Hi, My bulldog, as well as the one that we used to have (died age 12)would have times when their eyes were really, really red, but 2 different vets told us that they don’t have cherry eye. It comes and goes, usually for days at a time and then it clears up on it’s own. I remember asking the vet about it but I don’t remember her responding. There have been days when they were really bad and the vet didn’t even mention it so it makes me think that it’s nothing serious. It looks so painful. I wish I knew the cause so I could fix it. Since it comes and goes it makes me think that it could be allergies but it didn’t respond to Benadryl or Zyrtec so I don’t know what to do. I wish I could post a picture but I don’t know how yet. Of all of the pictures I’ve seen online there hasn’t been any that even come close. Imagine the entire whites being fire engine red and none of the whites showing at all and this is what it looks like. Thank you for your help. Tracey

    • Dan Weese

      I can imagine how the eyes must look based on your description. If it comes and goes I would think allergies too, but you say the benadryl doesn’t work. Could there be something in the home or kennel causing the irritation? I agree it’s not cherry eye. I wonder if a simple bottle of eye drops would help? I feel like your vet should be a bit more helpful especially for all the money we pay them.

  • Deborah M

    Hello Dan,

    Last night we notice our bulldog has the cherry eye. He was at daycare all day yesterday, is it possible he contracted while at the daycare?

    Also, I am feeding my pup taste of the wild. I was told to change my pups food every 6 months. My pup’s poop is now loose, so I ordered the smoke salmon that he had the first time to get him back on schedule. Also, would the new food have anything to do with his eye?

    • Dan Weese

      Hey Deborah. The cherry eye may have popped out while at day care due to him playing, but usually it doesn’t take very strenuous play to cause this. If it’s going to happen it just will. The food wouldn’t have anything to do with the eye either. Changing the food flavor is maybe a good idea to give your bully some variety, but I don’t believe it’s necessary. Try and massage the cherry back into it’s place. I’ve heard that for some, this works for months at a time allowing the owner to avoid surgery.

  • Robert R

    Your info was helpful. I wish I could leave a picture.
    My bulldog Blitz was treated for Entropion “cherry eye” as a pup and for most of his life he’s been OK.
    During the last year (he’s now 10), he’s experienced a significant amount of mucus and dry buildup.
    My local vet suggested dry-eye treatments, warm compresses to remove buildup, and saline solution to wash it up.
    The last I now don’t agree with as it might agitate him.
    He doesn’t show signs of any pawing at it or other irritability but he’s nearly stone-cold blind and his corneas are scratched obviously.
    I don’t have a lot of money and heard that perhaps a triple-antibiotic might help his irritation. Would it be OK to put a small drop of say, Neosporin or other generic into his eye?
    Honestly, nothing vets down in Toms River NJ have worked with prescription stuff.
    Since he’s not in any pain, I’m not worrying at this point.
    The ‘dry eye’ ointments work but very little as this is a chronic condition.
    Mucus suggests bacteria or other invasion.
    Let me know if it’s OK to use an OTC triple-antibiotic.

    • Dan Weese

      Hey Robert. Sounds like you’ve been battling this dry eye, entropion for quite a while now. The mucus build-up you describe definitely sounds like it’s linked to the dry eye and I believe your vet’s diagnosis is a good one.  I don’t think it’s safe to use neosporin in the eyes so I can’t recommend that. If the eyes are being scratched by the eye-lashes you do need some sort of antibiotic applied to avoid an ulcer and eventual loss of the eyes. I’m sure you know that surgery is needed to correct the entropion. I only wish this procedure wasn’t so expensive.

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