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5 Boston Terrier Facts

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The most common eye disease in Bostons is painful corneal ulcers, frequently caused by either trauma or an irritating substance entering the eye. Other problems, however, like cataracts and glaucoma are inherited, so if you decide to purchase a puppy instead of adopting one, seek out a conscientious breeder committed to producing healthy litters.

Responsible Boston breeders make sure a veterinary ophthalmologist tests the mother's and the father's eyes before mating them to verify that they're disease-free. This greatly reduces the risk of inherited eye disorders from being passed down to the pups.

Once the litter is born, the puppies should also be tested for any troubling eye defects and diseases such as juvenile cataracts, which can decimate a young dog's sight before his first birthday.

Before plunking down your hard-earned cash, ask the breeder for the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) number to verify that the adorable big eyes of both the parents and pup are disease-free. A searchable database, by either CERF number or dog's name, can be found at VMDB.org.

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