Entropion in Dogs

Entropion in Dogs

Entropion is a condition seen in many breeds where the pup's eyelids roll inwards causing irritation, pain and other secondary eye problems.  Today our Greensboro vets share more about this common eye condition in dogs including symptoms and how entropion is treated.

Eye Entropion in Dogs 

Entropion is primarily a genetic abnormality that causes the dog's eyelids to roll inward. This inward positioning means that your pup's fur and eyelashes rub against the surface of the eye often causing pain, conjunctivitis, eye infections, corneal ulcers, perforations, and in some cases the development of pigment on the cornea which interferes with your dog's vision. 

Entropion is a common problem in a number of breeds including Toy and Miniature Poodle, Akita, Staffordshire Terrier, Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Flat-coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Setter, Japanese Chin, Bernese Mountain Dog, Labrador Retriever, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Weimaraner, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Pug, Rottweiler, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Vizsla, Yorkshire Terrier and Clumber Spaniel.

Signs That Your Dog May Have Entropion

Signs of entropion typically appear early with most dogs being diagnosed before they reach their first birthday. Squinting, excessive tearing and holding eyes shut are the most common signs of entropion. Although in some cases flat-faced dogs will show no outward signs of discomfort.

Treatment for Entropion in Dogs

Puppies will sometimes grow out of entropion and no treatment will be required. However, if the condition is causing discomfort a procedure known as 'tacking' or temporary eyelid eversion can help to relieve symptoms in young dogs.

Medical treatments with antibiotic ointments can be prescribed to decrease damage to the cornea, but medications will not resolve the entropion itself. In order to correct the issue surgery will be required.

Entropion Surgery in Dogs - Blepharoplasty

If entropion continues to be an issue as your puppy reaches their first birthday surgery can be performed, to correct the issue and relieve your pup's discomfort.

In order to avoid over-correcting this condition (which could lead to an outward rolling of the eyelids)  two surgeries may be performed, the first being the primary (major) correction and the second being a minor corrective surgery.

Before and after the surgery you pup may be prescribed medications such as ophthalmic antibiotics or lubricants to treat conditions resulting from the irritation caused by entropion.

The cost of entropion surgery for dogs varies depending on a number of factors but tends to range between $500 - $1800. To find out how much this surgery will cost to correct your pup's eye condition contact your vet for details, or request a referral to have your dog seen by our Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro.

Prognosis for Dogs with Entropion

Following surgery, most dogs recover well and the condition does not return. That said, recurrence is common in Shar Peis due to their excessive folds of skin around the eyes.

    Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

    Is your pup showing signs of entropion? Speak to your vet about a referral to see our Veterinary Ophthalmology team. Our veterinary eye specialist can offer advanced care and diagnosis for dogs suffering from a range of eye conditions. Contact us to learn more.

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