Common Boston Terrier Health Issues

Boston Terrier health issues overall are not that bad.

But due to the way the dog is physically you may find that some of the most common problems can impact your lifestyle.

So let’s go over what to be aware of and how you can minimize some of the health risks that come with owning a Boston Terrier.

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1) Breathing Problems With Boston Terriers

This is a common health problem with Boston Terriers.

Because of the dogs short mushed in nose they are classified as a brachycephalic breed.

This is a condition where the dog has a hard time breathing due to the fact that the sinus region and palate can be restricted.

So it takes more effort for these breeds of dogs to breath and get the right amount of air flow.

Common symptoms include:

  • Snoring
  • Labored breathing during extensive exercise
  • Overheating during hot days
  • Excess gas

Care should be taken on extremely hot days to make sure that your dog is kept out of the sun and in a cooler shaded area.

Preferably in an air conditioned setting.

And short amounts of exercise on extremely hot days as well.


2) Boston Terrier Eye Problems

One of the most noticeable traits of a Boston Terrier is their protruding eyes.

The downside to having these big prominent eyes is that its easier to get an injury as well as suffer from other genetic diseases.

Cornea Ulcers – are possible through damage to the cornea itself. In worse case scenarios the eye may need to be removed.

Cherry eye – is a condition where the tear gland protrudes from the dogs eye. You will notice the pink gland in the corner of the eye and it typically needs surgery to be fixed.

Cataracts – can be found in both younger and older dogs and is typically do to heredity. Its possible to have them fixed through surgery.

There are some basic steps to help keep your dogs eyes safe and healthy:

  • Keep your dog from sticking their head the out car window while driving which can dry out their eyes or worse yet get something in them.
  • Use dog goggles if your dog is playing in the woods or yard where there are a lot of brush or obstacles that can hit their eyes.

3) Skin Problems With Boston Terriers From Allergies

This breed of dog is known to have allergies that can effect their skin so its important to know what to look for.

Some of the symptoms can include:

  • Excess scratching or chewing themselves
  • Rough or thick patch of skin
  • Red and bumpy areas
  • Bald patches

These allergies can be caused from a number of different sources including food, vegetation, dust, or air born dander and pollutants.

It’s usually best to bring your dog to the vet for a checkup when first noticing symptoms such as these.

This helps to verify it is an allergy related problem instead of something else.

Once it is determined that your Boston Terriers skin problem is allergy related the vet will make suggestions based on the cause.

This may include changing the dogs diet, using creams or shampoos that help alleviate discomfort and monitoring what your dog comes into contact with outside the house.


4) Knee Problems Called Luxating Patella

Another Boston Terrier health problem is the displacement of their kneecaps which is called Luxating Patella.

It is not an overly common problem but it does occur none the less.

What happens is that dogs knee cap pops in and out of place causing pain and and the inability to walk and run correctly.

Most of the time this is due to heredity but in some instances it can be caused due injury.

Vets have a grading system for this problem with a range from 1 to 4 that can be used to understand the severity of the problem.

Grade 1 – is the mildest form. At this level it is determined that the movement of the kneecap only happens occasionally less than once per week. It usually fixes itself and you may only know its happening if you notice your dog barking and not using the leg every so often until it fixes itself.

Grade 2 – at this level the kneecap won’t go back into place by itself so it will need to be manually done either by the owner or the vet. Until this is fixed your dog won’t use walk using the injured leg.

Grade 3 – at this level you will be able to manually put the kneecap in place but it will only be temporary and you should expect it to pop back out relatively quickly. This painful for the dog and surgery would be required.

Grade 4 – is when you can no longer manually put the kneecap back in place. At this point surgery is the option.

If you notice your dog having problems walking it’s a good idea to get this diagnosed to figure if Luxington Patella is the problem and if so what grade it is.



I hope the Boston Terrier health issues that I talked about in this post don’t scare you away from considering these dogs as a pet.

Dogs are just like humans and come with their own set of health problems.

Plus there is not any breed of dog that doesn’t come with their own unique health related issues.

That is why it is important to make sure that your dog eats a healthy diet and gets its required amount of exercise.

Living a healthy lifestyle will add years to your Boston Terriers life!

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