Entropia is a serious eye condition affecting many dogs, especially those breeds with extra skin on the face. The eyelids roll inward, causing the eyelashes to rub painfully against the cornea. Without surgical treatment, corneal ulcers, infections, and blindness can result.
Treatment for Entropia
Entropia must be treated surgically with a procedure known as blepharoplasty. Basically a plastic surgery procedure, it's a very effective procedure that can relieve the suffering caused by entropic eyes.
During the surgical procedure, which is done under general anaesthesia, extra skin and skin folds are removed and the eyelids tightened, which rolls the eyelids back into their proper position.
Procedure for Puppies
If the entropia has occurred in a very young puppy, a veterinary surgeon might perform a lid-tacking procedure rather than the full surgery. This will roll the lids outward and hold them in place while the puppy's head continues to grow. Once the pup has "grown" into his face, the full surgery will probably not be needed.
Aftercare and Prognosis
As with any surgery, the incision sites must be kept clean, and the dog must be prevented from scratching at the sutures. An Elizabethan collar will probably be necessary. If the vet chooses not to use dissolving sutures, he will advise you when to return to have the stitches removed.
It's unusual for a dog to need the procedure a second time; however, in breeds such as the Shar Pei, where the entropia may be quite pronounced, a second surgery can, rarely, be needed.
Dogs with entropia should not be bred; the condition is hereditary. Be responsible, and have your entropic dog spayed or neutered.
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