If you’re like me, looking at your dog’s adorable face is a great way to start the day. But what would you do if your dog’s face looked suddenly different? Or rather, what if one of your dog’s eyelids looked different than normal? If the eyelid was inverted or turned inward, this could be a serious problem for your pup. This condition, called entropion in dogs, can cause significant pain and irritation to the eye.
What Is Entropion?
Entropion is a disorder in which the eyelid rolls inward, causing the eyelashes to rub against the eyeball. In some cases, this can lead to serious discomfort and even blindness.
Entropion is most common in breeds with short snouts (brachycephalic) because their eyes are set forward on their face. These breeds include pugs, boxers and bulldogs. However, entropion can appear in any breed or mixed-breed dog.
In some cases, entropion may be due to genetics or trauma; however there are other causes as well.
What Causes Entropion?
Entropion is caused by an eyelid that’s turned inward. The medical term for this is “entropion,” which comes from the Greek word for “turned in.” When you look at your dog’s eyes, can you see any signs of entropion? If so, it’s important to have them treated as soon as possible.
If you don’t notice any signs of entropion right away, take a look at his ears. If they’re folded over against his face (a condition called ectropion), then that means he has more trouble keeping moisture out than keeping it in. This could be because he has an eye problem like entropion – or it could just mean that he needs help washing his face!
How Is Entropion Diagnosed?
When you take your dog to the vet, they will be able to tell if they have entropion by looking in their eyes. The vet will be able to see if their eyelids are bulging out of their eye sockets and may also notice redness or discharge around the eyes. They may also feel a bump on the eyelids, which is usually where the eyelashes irritate them.
If your dog has entropion, then it is important for them to get treatment as soon as possible so that it does not get worse. If you do not treat entropion early enough then it can cause scarring and vision problems for your pet.
How Is Entropion Treated?
It’s important to remember that entropion usually isn’t an isolated condition. Your dog may have other skin issues, too, such as hot spots or flaky skin.
If the vet decides that surgery is needed, they’ll probably use laser surgery. This isn’t as invasive as other surgical techniques and is less likely to cause scarring or loose skin around your pet’s eye. However, it does involve anesthesia and there may be a bit of discomfort after surgery for a few days as your dog heals.
The Bottom Line
If your dog has entropion, the best thing you can do is to get him or her to a veterinarian. The condition is painful for the animal and can lead to serious eye problems if left untreated. Fortunately, surgery is simple and recovery time is short.
If your dog’s entropion requires surgery, he or she will be put under general anesthesia (which means that they won’t feel any pain). Once this has been done, the vet will make an incision on either side of their face near an eyelid crease (the doctor will choose which one depends on whether they are performing a frontalisis or lagophthalmos procedure). He or she then pulls each eyelid out and operates on them individually so that they’re able to move normally again.
Entropion is a painful condition that can be easily avoided with a few preventive measures, including keeping your dog’s eyes clean and clear of discharge. If you are concerned about your dog’s eye health, talk to your veterinarian. And if you notice any signs of entropion, be sure to take your dog to the veterinarian for proper treatment as soon as possible.