There are other physical characteristics to ponder besides coat. Believe it or not, the length of the dog’s nose and the position of the eyes are important considerations. A short-nosed, bulging-eyed dog (e.g., Pekingese) or cat (e.g., Persian) will be susceptible to ocular injury. These forward-positioned eyes are like the headlights of a car-they catch everything that goes by, including circulating dust, little fingers, and flying toys. Corneal abrasions and ulcerations are common in these brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds.
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These eye injuries require medical treatment, which is often costly, and they may result in vision impairment. So expect eye problems and be prepared to handle them as they occur. When it comes to brachycephalic breeds, you often hear them before you actually see them.
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