Entropion is an ocular condition that results in the inward rolling of your pup's eyelid and can lead to complications that can affect your dog's vision. Today our Citrus Heights vets discuss entropion surgery in dogs, the procedure and what to expect with recovery.
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 Surgery in Dogs
If this condition is left untreated it can cause severe scarring of the cornea. This can not only cause your dog ongoing discomfort but also may lead to blindness.
The Dog Entropion Surgery Procedure
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. To correct the issue surgery will be required.
In order to permanently treat entropion in dogs, your vet will recommend surgery. This procedure will include the removal of a section of the skin to stop the eyelid from rolling inward. In order to prevent the occurrence of overcorrection which can lead to the eyelid rolling outward, your dog may undergo two surgeries.
Dog Entropion Surgery: What to Expect During Recovery
Your vet will prescribe any medications that are needed for secondary conditions along with antibiotics at the time of the surgery.
Your dog will typically be able to return home on the same day as their procedure. In order to ensure the best possible recovery, your dog will be fitted with a cone. This will prevent your dog from pawing at their eye while it heals. You will bring your dog in for a check-up around two weeks after the surgery and we will remove any sutures at this time. Your dog will be healed and back to normal after about a month.
Is entropion eye surgery painful for dogs?
Generally, entropion surgery is only mildly uncomfortable for your dog causing minimal pain. It will however help to relieve your
Can entropion return after surgery in dogs?
Once a dog has had entropion surgery they will not typically experience the same condition again. Shar Peis, however, are an exception to this and may in fact experience a reoccurrence due to the breed’s excessive facial skin folds.
The Prognosis For Dogs After Entropion Surgery
The prognosis for dogs who have undergone entropion surgery is pretty good. They should be able to live a normal pain-free life once surgery and recovery are complete. Speak with your vet to learn more about how this surgical procedure can help to protect your dog's sight and allow them to live comfortably.
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.