Canine Entropion is a common eye condition that occurs when their eyelids fold or roll inward. The condition can cause irritation, pain, and vision problems due to their inward folding eyelid which can lead to their eyelashes rubbing against the eyeball.
Symptoms of Canine Entropion
The most common symptom of entropion is excessive tearing, squinting, eye redness, and pain or discomfort. Other signs include:
- Visible inward eyelids
- Blinking or rubbing their eyes
- Sensitivity to light
In more severe cases, the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of their eye) can become inflamed and infected due to the constant irritation.
Diagnosing Canine Entropion
Entropion is usually diagnosed by a physical examination and observing their eyes. During the exam, your veterinarian will check for signs of irritation or inflammation in their eyes, as well as examine their eyelids for evidence of inward folding.
Stages of Canine Entropion
Entropion can be split into three stages: mild, moderate, and severe.
Mild entropion is associated with mild discomfort and occasional tearing.
Moderate entropion can cause more frequent tearing and squinting, and the conjunctiva could become red and inflamed.
Severe cases of entropion are usually accompanied by a lot of pain, infections, corneal ulcers, loss of vision, and eventually blindness.
Treating Canine Entropion
Treating entropion depends on the severity of their condition. Mild cases can usually be managed with topical lubricants and medications to reduce inflammation and irritation. Moderate to severe cases might need surgical correction in order to prevent permanent damage. Surgery involves reshaping their eyelids structure so that the eyelid does not fold inward. In some cases, a temporary tacking procedure can be used in order to keep the eyelid in place until permanent correction can be made.
Preventing Canine Entropion
The best way to prevent entropion is to have your dog regularly examined by a veterinarian. Regular eye exams can help identify any problems early on and allow you to get treatment before the condition becomes severe. Certain breeds are more predisposed to developing entropion due to their facial structure. You’ll want to be aware of this if you own one of these breeds.
Entropion is a common and treatable eye condition that needs prompt diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment are essential for preventing permanent vision loss. If you think that your dog has entropion, contact your veterinarian immediately for diagnosis and treatment.