Canine entropion surgery

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Canine entropion surgery
Mastiffs are one of the breeds commonly diagnosed with entropion. (pathetic bulldog image by Pierrette Guertin from Fotolia.com)

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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Symptoms

Your pet's eyes will appear red and inflamed and/or tear excessively, and he may squint form the pain.

Procedure

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.

Benefits

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.

Considerations

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."

Warning

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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