Entropion In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

american bully dog breed with entropion and corneal ulcer prepared for surgery

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Entropion in dogs is a condition where the eyelids begin to turn inwards. As the eyelashes subsequently rub against the cornea, the affected dog experiences discomfort and irritation, and loss of vision can set in if they don’t receive proper treatment.

This is classified as a hereditary disorder, and certain dog breeds have a predisposition for developing the condition, including Bulldogs, English Springer Spaniels, and Great Danes.

Flat-faced dogs in general are often more at risk; although in many cases, flat-faced dogs don’t appear to suffer from much physical discomfort due to the condition.

If you see any unusual symptoms in your dog’s eyes, then you must get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for entropion in dogs.

Symptoms Of Entropion In Dogs

Entropion in dogs usually appears as irritation around the eye area.

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Squinting a lot
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Producing excessive tears
  • Pawing at the eyes
  • Discharge from the eyes

Causes Of Entropion In Dogs

close-up photo of a dog with entropion

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Entropion in dogs is usually considered to be an inherited condition.

Other causes of entropion in dogs include trauma to the eye area and eye infections that cause inflammation.

Treatments For Entropion In Dogs

If your veterinarian suspects your dog is suffering from entropion, they’ll carry out a physical examination, including a close look at the dog’s eyes. Your vet will also want to know about your dog’s medical history and any specific symptoms you’ve noticed, including whether there’s a chance the dog has experienced physical trauma.

Once the vet confirms their diagnosis, they’ll likely suggest surgery to correct the condition. This process can involve removing a piece of skin from the eyelid to stop it from aggravating the cornea.

Most times, vets will also recommend a second surgery; although, you can rest assured that dogs undergoing surgery to correct entropion usually have a very high success rate.

Have you ever had a dog who suffered from entropion? How did your vet help you treat your dog? Let us know in the comments section below!