Boston Terriers And Health Problems is a topic many people talk to me about when they ask about my Ivar . I wanted to bring this subject in my first few weeks because I believe it is important when looking for a funny little companion. As always, I will give you all the facts I could find then tell you about our experience with the topic. Enjoy your read!
Top 5 Boston Terriers Health Problems
Boston Terriers are a popular breed of dog, known for their friendly and energetic personalities. However, like all breeds of dogs, they are susceptible to certain health problems. The most common health problems affecting Boston Terriers are listed below, along with ways to avoid or cure them.
1. Respiratory problems: Some Boston Terriers have narrow nostrils and long soft palates, which can make breathing difficult. Brachycephalic respiratory syndrome is a condition that affects these breeds of dogs, and can cause snoring, loud breathing, and exercise intolerance.
2. Allergies: Like many dogs, Boston Terriers can be allergic to certain ingredients in their food or environment. Allergies can cause itching, excessive licking, and hair loss.
3. Ear infections: Because of their long ears, Boston Terriers are prone to ear infections. Symptoms include shaking the head, scratching the ears, and discharge from the ears. To prevent ear infections, keep your dog’s ears clean and dry, and visit the vet for regular check-ups.
4. Dental problems: Dental problems are common in small breeds of dogs like Boston Terriers. Poor dental hygiene can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth loss. To avoid dental problems, brush your dog’s teeth regularly with doggy toothpaste and take them for annual dental check-ups.
5. Eye problems: Boston Terriers are prone to eye problems due to their large eyes and short noses. Common eye problems include cherry eye (prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid), cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal ulcers. To prevent eye problems in Boston Terriers, visit the vet for regular check-ups and avoid rubbing or poking their eyes.
Respiratory problems are common in Boston Terriers. While many of these problems are minor and easily resolved, some can be more serious and even life-threatening. One of the most common respiratory problems in Boston Terriers is snoring. (Oh yeah, they do snore and very loudly! It can cause a lot of laughter in a living room!) This is often caused by the dog’s short snout, which can make it difficult for air to flow freely through the nose and mouth. In some cases, snoring may also be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as obesity or allergies. If your dog is snoring excessively, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any potential health concerns. Other common respiratory problems in Boston Terriers include wheezing and difficulty breathing. These problems can be caused by a number of different factors, including heart disease, pneumonia, and bronchitis.To avoid respiratory problems in Boston Terriers, make sure to exercise them in cooler weather and keep them at a healthy weight.
If your dog is experiencing any difficulty breathing, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately. With prompt treatment, most respiratory problems in Boston Terriers can be resolved without any lasting complications.
Do Boston Terriers have allergies? Yes, Boston Terriers are prone to allergies just like any other dog breed. Ivar has had a few episodes. One in particular that was pretty striking and emotionally moving for our kids. To this day we still don’t know what bit him but we believe it was a spider. I have joined a pic so you can see what he looked like when it happened. Being a former army paramedic I didn’t panic and gave him some allergy medicine and everything went back to normal.
Read more about it here——- The Time My Kids Freaked Out A Bit lol
The most common allergies include environmental allergies (such as pollen, dust mites, and grass), food allergies (such as beef, chicken, soy, and wheat), and contact allergies (such as flea bites and shampoo). While there is no guaranteed way to prevent allergies in Boston Terriers, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of your dog developing allergies. For example, feeding your dog a high-quality diet, using natural shampoos and grooming products, and regularly cleaning your home can help to reduce the amount of allergens your dog is exposed to. If your dog does develop allergies, there are a number of treatment options available. These include antihistamines, allergy shots, and special diets. With proper care, Boston Terriers can live happy and healthy lives despite their allergies. As I often say, your veterinarian might become your best friend soon!
Ear Infections Symptoms
If you have a Boston Terrier, you may be all too familiar with the dog’s notorious ear infections. These infections are caused by a build-up of wax and debris in the dog’s ears, which provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Symptoms of an ear infection include shaking of the head, scratching at the ears, and discharge from the ears. If you suspect that your dog has an ear infection, it is important to take him to the vet for treatment. The vet will clean the dog’s ears and prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. He should also recommend a good product to use at home for prevention or early detection. Our vet recommended Aveena Sativa and we were very satisfied but there are a lot of good products out there. With proper treatment, your Boston Terrier should soon be back to his usual self.
Unfortunately, Boston Terriers are also prone to dental issues. Because of their short snouts, Boston Terriers often have crowded teeth, which can lead to plaque build-up and eventually tooth decay. Additionally, Boston Terriers are also susceptible to gum disease. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do at home to help keep your Boston Terrier’s teeth and gums healthy.
First, make sure to brush your dog’s teeth on a regular basis. I’m not gonna lie, this is the thing we neglect the most. You have to include it in your routine or a calendar or else you will forget about it until it’s too late. You can use a special canine toothbrush or a soft toothbrush designed for babies. It’s also important to give your dog plenty of chew toys to help keep their teeth clean and their gums healthy. This last point is actually how we manage to keep his teeth healthy because we love to give him treats. In future blog I will test different dental treats and see what he likes best and which ones are the most effective. Finally, make sure to take your dog to the vet for regular check-ups so that any dental issues can be caught early and treated appropriately. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your Boston Terrier always has a healthy smile.
Last But Not Least: Eye Issues
Just like people, Boston Terriers can suffer from a variety of eye problems. One of the most common is cherry eye, which occurs when the tear gland becomes detached from the eyeball. This can cause the eye to become red and swollen, and if left untreated, cherry eye can lead to vision problems. Massaging the tear gland back into place is one way to treat cherry eye, but it’s important to do it carefully so you don’t damage the eyeball. First, wash your hands thoroughly to remove any dirt or bacteria. Next, gently massage the tear gland with your fingertips in a circular motion for two to three minutes. If you see any resistance, stop massaging and contact your veterinarian. With proper care, cherry eye can be successfully treated, and your Boston Terrier will be able to enjoy good vision for years to come.
Find more info on this topic here: Why are my Boston Terrier’s Eyes Red?
As you can see, there a few health issues with those adorable creatures. We have experienced a few like the allergic reaction and the ear infections. We also experience snoring every day while watching TV. Sometimes we have to raise the volume to hear over his loud snore but after a while, it is funny and sometimes comforting too! Over all, they are not very difficult problems to deal with so far. I believe that because we spend so much time playing and cuddling with him we actually prevent a lot of problems.
When you spend time with your Boston, you get to check him out more often. I know we do and especially our little Eve. If there is anything abnormal on his hair, his eyes, his paws or any little skin mark, trust me, WE WILL KNOW! It’s like we have a full time veterinary at home lol She will actually do the same with all of us so I guess we have a young doctor on hand. The point here is this: Spend time with your dog. Care for him and don’t hesitate to ask questions and to turn him around on his back to check his belly, open his mouth, spread his paws, listen to his breathing and if you don’t notice anything wrong, well JUST ENJOY TIME WITH YOUR FRIEND! Time spent with him will actually benefit your own health.
Thank you for reading me and now, go enjoy your Boston Terrier, the best dogs in the world!