Your Pekingese: Eye Care

Hey there Fellow Pekies,

As promised, we continue our foray into the world of the Pekingese, and the first article in our Pekingese Health series is about the eye health of your Peke.

Pekingese are generally, as a breed, extremely healthy, even the miniature variety of Pekingese, and will very seldom require veterinary intervention. The only time that this may be necessary is at whelping time when the bitch may need assistance.

The two problems that are common in the Pekingese breed are ulcerations of the eyes and slipped discs.

If you look after your Peke well, and check their eyes on a daily basis and wipe them regularly then you should not experience any eye problems. There is an old wives’ tale that avers that if you pick a Peke up and shake it their eyes will pop out. This is utter rubbish – not that you should be shaking any dog, though *grin*

What is possible is that your Peke may experience a prolapse of the eye. This is, however, rather unusual and will normally be as the result of a fight with another dog. What happens is that during a fight the other dog may catch the loose skin on the side of the eye, causing the eye to pop out, as the eyeball is very large and has an extremely shallow eye-socket.

I have only experienced this three times during my thirty-seven years of breeding and dealing with thousands of Pekes. All three of these Pekes lived to a ripe old age without too much inconvenience and did well with their single eye, living in amongst a group of dogs.

Stay tuned, we will be discussing Pekingese and the slipped disc syndrome next.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dalene Buytendach
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 08:43:30

    Hi, My Pekie is almost 1 year old and this morning I noticed his left eye is red and smaller than usual. Can I use Terra-Cortril ointment in this case?
    Regards, Dalene


  2. kathy brock
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 23:42:23

    Hi, I have a 10 year old Peke (Female). She is having eye problems. Her eyes are sticking together and lots of green mucas also. I am wiping them with warm water and a baby cloth everyday. It’s been about a week of this and seems to be getting worse, can you help?


    • Aggie
      Dec 21, 2012 @ 06:39:35

      Thanks for your inquiry .
      I am not a Vet, but can only advise you out of experience .
      It seems to me that she has an eye infection ,therefore you can get an ointment Terra-Cortril or ExOcin .You will be able to get that from your Vet.
      Hope this will be of help to you.

      Peke greetings .


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