Are sunglasses for dogs a fashion statement or a necessity? A little bit of both, it turns out.
Dogs who spend a lot of time on boats, running through brushy areas, or hanging their heads out the car window need protection from flying debris, sand, prickly foliage, and sun glare.
Other dogs who can benefit from pet eyewear are those with large, protruding eyeballs such as Boston Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, French Bulldogs, and Pugs, as well as search-and-rescue or military working dogs in dry, sandy environments. They can be prone to corneal ulcerations and recurrent conjunctivitis.
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