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My hubby and I are thinking of purchasing an english bulldog pup that currently has cherry eye. Out of the litter he's the only pup that has it. Other than this he is healthy. Registered, vet checked, health guarantee.. etc..

The breeder is selling him at a reduced cost under the condition that his eyes are fixed. So I called my vet and he said it's a common issue with the breed and the majority that he sees have had either tacking or removal of the gland. He basically made it seem like it's not a huge deal. :/ Makes sense... All of the breeders in my area don't cover cherry eyes under their health guarantee anyway.

I have not spoke to the breeder yet but I did email them about the pup. Just waiting on the questionaire.. He's going to approved home only.

Is it as common as my vet makes it seem?

What to do?
 

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I would avoid that puppy and the breeder. For one, cherry eye surgery is not always successful. The eyelid can pop back out again and if the third eyelid is removed (the cheaper procedure) this will lead to long term problems down the road (dry eye which will need daily eye drops). And if a bulldog has it in one eye you can bet that it will develop in the other eye as well. Since insurance is not an option (as it is a pre-existing condition) if you are willing to spend upwards of two thousand dollars (if not more) on surgery on both eyes (you would need to find the best surgeon to perform this procedure, preferably a specialist at a university) then go for it. If not then wait it out for a better breeder/pup.

Edit: yes, most bulldogs will have cherry eye at one point in their lives and finding the best breeder is not a guarantee that your pup will not eventually develop the defect. If you're not ready to bring the pup to the best vet -- or buy pet insurance that covers congenital defects (around $30-$50 a month) -- then look for another breed.
 

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I agree. You are looking at a huge expense here. The breeder should not charge you for the dog, but rather give it to you based on an approved home inspection and some form of written agreement/ guarranter you will care for it's special needs. I have nothing against owing a dog with special needs as long as your are prepared emotionally and financially. Don't bank on this cherry eye being a quick and easy fix though. It could be but given the reputation of EBs it is not likely.

If the breeder is not willing to let the dog 'go' to a good home then I would advise you or anyone from getting a pup there because it would appear they are in it for the money, and not the dog and breed itself.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!
 

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I agree. I would not pay that much for a dog with cherry eye (I wouldn't even pay a cent for a EB but thats a diff story). I would either have the breeder pay for the surgery or give you the dog at an extremely reduced price. Then fix that dog and DO NOT BREED IT.
 

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In my opinion a good, responsible breeder should cover all defects or problems that arise even cherry eye. I don't have any experience with cherry eye but I do have a EB with dry eye and a condition called distichiasis. She did need surgery which the breeder happily paid for but like the others mentioned here she will need eyedrops for the rest of her lfe. On top of that see sees an eye specialist every 3-4 months with a charge of 90 bucks a pop.

I do have 2 insurance policies for her. One at our vet and a national plan. Neither one will cover her eyes because it is considered a preexisting condition. Something to keep in mind.

Good luck with whatever you decide. Just go into it knowing that Cherry eye may not be a quick fix.
 

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I have a 4 month old EB, Dover, who has had surgery on 1 eye for cherry eye. I got Dover from my husband's Dad. They had 9 puppies from their female's first littler. We were "holding" Dover until they found him a new home when we decided to add him to our family, permanently.

He was about 10 weeks old when he had surgery to tack the lid back up. My in-laws paid for the procedure as their health guarantee covered any and everything. The vet said he sees more EB's for cherry eye than any other breed. I haven't dealt with cherry eye before Dover so we will be looking for it in the future. No "problem" that Dover may have is going to change the fact that he is our dog and we will love and care for him regardless.

So I guess I don't have any actual advice, hopefully my situation helps.


People experienced with breeders--
I thought it was a red flag to campaign "approved home only"?
 

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Thanks everyone.

We did get him! He's on a neuter agreement so no breeding. I'm not interested in breeding him or any dog for that matter. lol

We did get him for a reduced price. Price dropped to just under $1000. Cherry eye wasn't covered in the guarantee anyway. None of the breeders I've found in my area cover it.

We may end up having an early neuter done (3-4 months old) due to the cherry eye. I don't want to have to put him out twice. He's getting twice daily eye drops currently and doing ok.

We named him Harley.. hubby is a Harley Davidson fan. LOL Very confident pup, nothing scares this little guy. He gets right in the mix when my 2 St.Bernards are playing and joins right in. He litterally walked right in like he owned our house. LOL

Here's a pic of his first day here outside in the potty area. I have more on my camera but haven't had a chance to put them on the computer.

 

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My hubby and I are thinking of purchasing an english bulldog pup that currently has cherry eye. Out of the litter he's the only pup that has it. Other than this he is healthy. Registered, vet checked, health guarantee.. etc..

The breeder is selling him at a reduced cost under the condition that his eyes are fixed. So I called my vet and he said it's a common issue with the breed and the majority that he sees have had either tacking or removal of the gland. He basically made it seem like it's not a huge deal. :/ Makes sense... All of the breeders in my area don't cover cherry eyes under their health guarantee anyway.

I have not spoke to the breeder yet but I did email them about the pup. Just waiting on the questionaire.. He's going to approved home only.

Is it as common as my vet makes it seem?

What to do?
i have a EB with a cherry eye she’s had for years. she and her eye are perfectly well and healthy. she has no issues and it only comes out sometimes when playing a little too roughly. EB are HIGH maintenance in general not just including health issues.
 
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