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Entropion

Entropion Treatment

Trusted Vets, formerly Tudor House is rapidly becoming the people’s choice for expert vet services and surgeries. We are based in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands but have people travel from all over the UK due to our expertise in Entropion Treatment. 

WHAT IS ENTROPIAN?

Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid rolls inward. This inward rolling on the surface of the eyelid rubbing against the cornea results in pain, corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ENTROPIAN?

Most dogs will squint, hold their eye shut, and tear excessively (epiphora) some patients will develop a mucoid discharge. Interestingly, many flat-faced dogs with medial entropion (involving the corner of the eyes near the nose) exhibit no obvious signs of discomfort. In most cases, both eyes are affected and are usually diagnosed in puppies under 1 year of age.

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Entropion FAQs

WHAT AFTERCARE IS NEEDED FOR A DOG THAT HAS UNDERGONE ENTROPION SURGERY?

After undergoing entropion surgery, you must provide diligent aftercare to ensure your beloved companion’s comfort and swift recovery. Entropion surgery aims to correct the inward rolling of the eyelids, a condition commonly found in certain breeds, such as Shar-Peis and Bulldogs, which can lead to discomfort and potential eye damage if left untreated. Post-surgery, your dog may experience mild swelling, redness, or discomfort around the eye area. To alleviate any discomfort, your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication or recommend applying cold compresses to reduce swelling.

In addition to managing discomfort, it’s crucial to prevent your dog from rubbing or scratching their eyes, as this could compromise the surgical site and delay healing. Your veterinarian may advise using an Elizabethan collar to prevent your dog from touching their eyes during the recovery period. Routine check-ups with your vet will also be necessary to monitor the healing process and address any concerns promptly. With proper aftercare and attention, your beloved pet can soon enjoy improved comfort and vision following entropion surgery.

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HOW CAN YOU SOOTHE AND RELIEVE ENTROPION IN A DOG?

When addressing entropion in your beloved canine companion, it’s essential to consider a multifaceted approach aimed at alleviating discomfort and safeguarding ocular health. Treatment with antibiotic ointment effectively lubricates the corneal surface and shields against potential corneal damage. In mild cases, where the condition is less severe, antibiotic ointment may offer sufficient relief to your dog’s discomfort. The ointment helps keep the eye moist, preventing further irritation and reducing the risk of secondary infections. Despite its efficacy in mild cases, it’s crucial to monitor your dog’s condition closely and seek veterinary guidance if symptoms persist or worsen.

In cases where antibiotic ointment alone proves insufficient, surgical correction becomes imperative to address the underlying anatomical abnormalities causing entropion. Your veterinarian here at Trusted Vets will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess the severity of the condition and determine the most appropriate surgical approach. By prioritising prompt veterinary care and considering all available treatment options, you can effectively manage entropion and ensure your furry companion enjoys a life free from ocular discomfort and complications.

IS THERE ANY CHANCE MY DOG'S ENTROPION COULD RETURN AFTER SURGERY?

While surgical correction typically yields favourable outcomes in alleviating discomfort and restoring normal eyelid function, entropion can recur in some cases. The likelihood of recurrence can vary depending on factors such as the underlying cause of the condition, the surgical technique employed, and individual patient factors.

Despite the meticulous care and expertise applied during the surgical procedure here at Trusted Vets, certain breeds may be predisposed to recurrent entropion due to the inherent structural characteristics of their eyelids. Pet owners should remain vigilant for any signs of eyelid malformation or discomfort following surgery and promptly consult with their veterinarian if concerns arise. Early detection and intervention can facilitate timely management and minimise the risk of recurrence, ensuring continued comfort and optimal ocular health for their beloved canine companions.

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ARE CERTAIN BREEDS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ENTROPION?

Certain dog breeds exhibit a higher predisposition to entropion, a condition characterised by the inward rolling of the eyelids. Breeds with facial folds or prominent skin fold around the eyes, such as Akita, American Staffordshire Terrier, Basset Hound, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Dalmatian, English and American Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Flat-coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Setter, Japanese Chin, Labrador Retriever, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Pug, Rottweiler, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel, Toy and Miniature Poodle, Vizsla, Yorkshire Terrier, and Weimaraner., are more commonly affected.

These breeds often possess unique anatomical features that contribute to the development of entropion, such as excessive skin laxity or eyelid conformation. Additionally, breeds with shorter muzzles or brachycephalic facial structures may be more prone to eyelid abnormalities, increasing the likelihood of entropion occurrence. Pet owners of predisposed breeds should remain vigilant for signs of ocular discomfort or malformation and consult with their veterinarian for proactive management strategies to ensure the continued well-being of their furry companions.

HOW IS ENTROPION TREATED?

Entropion, characterised by the inward rolling of the eyelids, necessitates surgical correction as the primary treatment modality. The procedure involves carefully removing a section of skin from the affected eyelid to restore its natural positioning and alleviate ocular discomfort. Typically, a two-stage approach is adopted, comprising a primary major surgical correction followed by a secondary minor corrective surgery. This sequential strategy aims to minimise the risk of over-correction, which could lead to an outward-rolling eyelid condition known as ectropion. It’s noteworthy that surgical intervention is usually deferred until dogs reach their adult size, typically between six to twelve months of age, to ensure optimal outcomes.

Both before and after surgical intervention, adjunctive ophthalmic medications play a crucial role in managing secondary complications and safeguarding ocular health. Before surgery, various antibiotics may be administered to address any concurrent infections or inflammatory conditions. Postoperatively, the use of artificial tear lubricants helps maintain corneal hydration and protects against potential dryness or irritation. This comprehensive approach, combining surgical correction with meticulous pre-and post-operative care, aims to optimise visual function and enhance the overall well-being of affected dogs.

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WHAT IS THE PROGNOSIS FOR ENTROPION?

The prognosis for the surgical correction of entropion is generally good. While several surgeries may be required, most dogs enjoy a pain-free normal life. If the condition is treated later and corneal scarring has occurred, there may be permanent irreversible visual deficits. Your veterinarian will discuss a diagnostic and treatment plan for your dog to help you successfully treat this condition.

WHAT IS EYE TACKING?

Quite often puppies are presented for tacking to correct entropion whilst they are under 6 months of age. This is performed under a quick general anaesthetic and multiple strong sutures or stainless steel staples are placed in the affected lids to prevent the eyelashes from irritating the eyes.

The aim is to roll out the affected lids to allow the puppy to develop its skull and the fat pad behind the eyes. In some puppies, this will be sufficient when they are skeletally mature but some pups will go on to require entropion surgery. The eye tacks can be removed after several weeks in the conscious puppy.

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