As a blogger put it: Much of the beauty of the pug is in the eyes… not the beholder’s but the pug’s! We are mesmerised by the way a pug looks at us with his globular, shining and pleading eyes.
However, in case of pugs, Expressive eyes do mean Exposed eyes! ‘Exposed’ to all sorts of risks.
As their eyes are more bulging, rather protruding, than those of most other dog breeds, pugs are known to be more prone to eye injuries than any other breed of dogs.
The eyes of the long muzzled dogs are far back from their noses and safe from scratches and bruises from objects that are found in the way. However, as the short muzzled dogs, pugs need to take their whole face very close to the objects they try to smell and get hurt from the very common objects found around, objects such as furniture, bushes with thorns in the backyard garden, children’s metal toys, etc.
Besides eye injuries, most dogs suffer from eye diseases, and most of them are easily dealt with, but in case of pugs, some eye diseases are the result of their not-so-quite-natural facial feature.
As pugs have large eyelids, and most often the eyelids roll over the eye and the eyelashes push into the eyes. This causes irritation and over time, it leads to infection. This is called ‘entropion’. When your pug is pawing his/her eye frequently and the eye looks red all the time, it means your pug may be suffering from entropion, and you’re expected to see a vet immediately.
Though there are a couple of other diseases, such as cherry eye and dry eye, related to the tear duct of the eye, which a vet can set right with minimum fuss.
There is this cataract problem visible by the cloudy and bluish colour in the eye, which can be treated easily, but leads to permanent blindness if unchecked.
In dogs, skin stretching and trauma may cause their eyes to be popped out. It’s called proptosis or prolapsed. When the eyeball is displaced and the eyelids are not able to close and hold the bulging eye of the pug, there is every chance that the eye pops out of the socket. This is, according to the pug experts, the result of pulling the facial skin too far or some fight with another dog(s) or simply trauma. Whatever be the cause, the result may be permanent blindness.
So, when the owners see some difference in the eye position, some discolouration, frequent pawing of the eye, dryness or anything that suggests some out of ordinary situation, they better rush to the vet to save their pugs’ from loss of eye-sight and possible agony.
Further Reading: http://pets.thenest.com/eye-problems-pugs-5202.html