In dogs diagnosed with entropion, the eyelids roll in, causing the eyelashes to irritate the cornea of the eye. If left untreated, entropion results in chronic eye infections, corneal ulcers and eventual blindness.
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Your pet's eyes will appear red and inflamed and/or tear excessively, and he may squint form the pain.
Veterinarians remove a small section of the affected eyelid to tighten the skin and force the lid to turn out, pointing the eyelashes away from the cornea.
Surgically correcting the entropion allows the cornea of the eye to heal and prevents the infection, constant pain and progressive blindness inherent in this disease.
Certain breeds of dogs including the Chinese Shar-Pei, bulldogs, bloodhounds, chow chows, rottweilers, mastiffs and retrievers are prone to this condition due to the excess folds of skin on the face and head, states Dr. Douglas H. Slatter in his "Textbook of Small Animal Surgery."
The American Kennel Club recommends that your dog with genetic entropion not be bred or shown because of its predisposition to pass on the disease.
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