Entropion is a condition in which a dog’s eyelid rolls inward, causing the eyelashes or fur surrounding the eye to rub against the surface of the eye. This constant irritation can cause soreness, swelling, and even the development of ulcers on the cornea.
Symptoms of Entropion
The symptoms of entropion can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common signs to look out for include excessive tearing, squinting, discharge from the eye, redness, and swelling. In some cases, your dog may develop ulcers on the cornea due to the constant rubbing of the eyelashes or fur against the surface of the eye. You may also notice your dog blinking more than usual or rubbing their eyes due to discomfort.
Breeds Predisposed to Entropion
While any dog can develop entropion, certain breeds are more predisposed to the condition than others. Dog breeds with excess skin, such as Shar-Peis and Bulldogs, are often seen with this condition. The Great Dane, Chow Chow, Bulldog, Bull Mastiff, and Rottweiler can also be affected. Some dogs develop entropion secondary to another condition. Ocular inflammation or pain can cause eyelid spasms which can cause a spastic entropion.
Treatment for Entropion
The treatment for entropion depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, your veterinarian may recommend lubricating eye drops or ointment to reduce irritation and discomfort. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the inward rolling of the eyelid.
If left untreated, entropion can lead to scarring and even blindness. It’s important to take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as you notice any signs of entropion. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose the condition and recommend the appropriate treatment plan.
In conclusion, entropion is a condition that can cause discomfort and even lead to blindness in dogs. While certain breeds are more predisposed to the condition than others, any dog can develop entropion. If you suspect your dog may have entropion, it’s important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible to prevent further complications.