Your Boston Terrier & Their Eyes

Boston Terriers are a popular breed of dogs and are known for their large, round, gleaming eyes. Unfortunately, because of their large eyes, Boston Terriers can inherit or develop a large number of eye problems. Some can be very painful and some that when left untreated could cause blindness. It's super important that you learn about possible concerns and what to do to keep your dogs eyes as safe as possible from any type of infection.

Here we will list some Boston Terrier health problems that their eyes are known for.


Watch for opaque cloudiness that covers the lens of the eye. The eye will look foggy instead of clear. If you see this coming on, it's very important to get your dog to the vet for a diagnosis since this can lead to a complete loss of vision.


Look out for red, puffy, and swollen eyes. This is caused by fluid not draining properly from the eyes, it causes swelling and irritation. As the pressure increases, this can be very sore on your pet and can affect vision. You may see them squinting or rubbing their eyes with their paws. Have your dog looked at by a vet right away if this happens.

Corneal ulcers

These are commonly caused by scratches or other injuries to the eyes. Mild cases will heal on its own with antibiotics and rest. However, severe cases may require surgery. The common signs are watery eyes and what looks like a film covering the eye. Be sure to watch your dog's behaviors for signs of pain and get your dog to a vet, if you notice a change in your dog's behaviors.

Dry Eye

Also knows as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS. KCS is known to be painful and reduces the number of fluids from the tear glands. This causes sore, red, and itchy eyes and makes your dog more prone to other eye infections. Symptoms of KCS are dull, dry appearance of the eyes, and thick discharge. You may also notice your dog pawing at his eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, take him to the vet to be looked at right away.

It's very important to keep your Boston Terriers' eyes and the area around your dog's eyes clean and dry. Use a soft damp cloth to wash your dog's face and eyes gently. If your dog is prone to tear stain, there are wet wipes you can buy from the pet stores that will treat bacterial or fungal causes for staining the area.

Now you know some possible eye concerns that you may encounter while owning a Boston. Please don't let these scare you off of owning one of these intelligent, energetic, and loving dogs. Whether it's just you, or you have a house full of kids and people running around, your Boston will always be a perfect companion.

In order for you to fully decide if the Boston Terrier will be a perfect fit for your family, read about the pros and cons of having them here!

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