Argentine Dog (Dogo Argentino) and Ear and Eye Problems: the Importance of Caution and Care

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Dogo Argentino, Bruno, sometimes scratches his ears and rubs his eyes. I thought it was just a harmless thing, but I have seen that the breed is prone to ear and eye problems. What should I look out for?"

Vet's reply

"Hi! It's really good of you to raise this question.

The Argentine Dog, or Dogo Argentino, is indeed prone to some ear and eye problems. The most common of the ear problems is external ear infections, which can cause itching and irritation. And the most common eye problems are corneal ulcers and eyelid abnormalities.

When Bruno scratches his ears excessively, you may suspect an ear infection.

Signs of an ear infection include itching, shaking of the head, rubbing of the ear, redness of the inside of the ear, unpleasant smell and sometimes discharge from the ear. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should take Bruno to a doctor as soon as possible.

Signs of eye problems include rubbing of the eyes, redness of the eyes, swelling of the eyelids, tearing, light avoidance and vision problems.

If Bruno's eyes are red or swollen, or if you notice that he is having difficulty seeing, take him to the vet immediately!

In all cases, the most important thing is to check Bruno regularly. If you notice any changes in his behaviour or appearance, see your vet.

Most ear and eye problems are easily treated if caught early. So it's important to keep a close eye on him and take timely action to keep Bruno healthy and well."