This is an emergency. Dislocation of one or both eyeballs is a common
problem in dogs with large, bulging eyes
such as Boston Terriers, Pugs, Pekingese, Maltese, and some spaniels. It is
generally caused by dog bites and other types of trauma. Struggling with these
dogs while attempting to hold and restrain them for any reason can cause the
eye to bulge out so far that the eyelids snap
shut behind the eyeball. This prevents the eyeball from returning to its socket
and may pull on and damage the optic nerve
Treatment: A dislocated eyeball is an extremely serious condition that may
cause loss of vision. Shortly after the eye dislocates, swelling behind the eye
makes it extremely difficult to return the eyeball to its normal position.
Proceed at once to the nearest veterinary hospital. Carry the dog, if possible.
Cover the eye with a wet cloth. Prevent the dog from pawing at the eye.
Dogs are born to work for a living. They’ve worked alongside us for thousands of years, and most are bred for a particular purpose, like hunting, herding livestock or providing protection. Dogs’ wild relatives spend most of their waking hours scavenging and hunting for food, caring for offspring, defending territory and playing with each other. They lead busy, complex lives, interacting socially and solving simple problems necessary for their survival.
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If it appears that veterinary help will not be available within 30 minutes,
consider attempting to reposition the eyeball yourself. This requires at least
two people: one to restrain and hold the dog and the other to reposition the
eye. Lubricate the surface of the eye with K-Y or petroleum jelly and lift the
eyelids out and over the eyeball, while maintaining gentle inward pressure on
the globe with a wad of moist cotton. If you’re not successful, make no further
attempt. Seek professional assistance. Even if you can replace the eyeball, you
should visit your veterinarian for follow-up care, because the delicate tissues
may be damaged.
After the eye has been replaced, your veterinarian may suggest a surgical
procedure to prevent a recurrence.