Saturday, November 19, 2011


Entropion is when your eyelids get turned in, and your eyelashes rub against your eyeballs all the time, which hurts a lot.  It can happen to dogs and cats and people.  Maybe it can happen to some other animals, too, but I don't have time to research whether it does or not.  So mostly I am going to talk about entropion in dogs.

Some dog breeds are more likely to get entropion than others, like for example shar peis, chow-chows, and bulldogs. Other breeds that get entropion fairly often are bloodhounds, Irish setters, Labrador retrievers, St. Bernards, cocker spaniels, boxers, springer spaniels, golden retrievers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Neapolitan mastiffs, bull mastiffs, shiba inus, rottweilers, poodles, Great Danes, and Chesapeake Bay retrievers.

Entropion may show up in puppies when they are only a few weeks old.  In this case, it is often treated by tacking the puppy's eyelids so that the corneas are not damaged as the puppy grows.  After 3 or 4 weeks, the stitches can be removed, and the eyelids may grow normally.  This technique is mostly used on very young puppies.

Dogs that are older than 6 months will probably have surgery to take out some of the eyelid skin.  There are several ways to do this, and the method used depends on how bad the entropion is.  When this surgery heals up, the eyelid should be in a more normal position so that the eyelashes don't rub on the eye.  If the correction is done too much, the dog will end up with ectropion, which is the opposite of entropion.  In ectropion, the eyelid turns out instead of in, and this lets the inside of the eyelid hang out, which it is not supposed to do.

Usually it is the lower eyelid that turns in and rubs on the cornea, but sometimes it is the upper one.  A dog can have entropion in one eye or in both eyes.  One way to get entropion is to inherit it, but you can also get it because of having an eye disease, infection, or injury.

When cats get entropion, it is usually because of an injury or infection that causes a change in the eyelid.  But sometimes those breeds with smooshy faces are born with the condition.

If entropion is not fixed, the animal will keep getting its cornea damaged by having hair rubbing over it.  Then after a while, the cornea will get so wounded and scarred that the animal will go blind.  So if you have a dog or cat with entropion, you need to get it taken care of right away.

Mom has known some dogs at the shelter who had entropion, but the nice vets there did surgery and made those dogs' eyelids all better.  Usually the dogs who had it were some kind of shar pei mix, but not always.  Anyway, I have never heard of a basenji getting it, but I suppose it's possible.  At least I'm glad that I don't have it.  I have enough other health problems to worry about!


  1. OUCH!! When mom read this blog to Dodi & I, we were worried but mom says so far we are ok! I hope every dog, cat and animal that has this can get it fixed. Mom says there are some DUMMY parents that might not take the time to look at their pets sad! My mom had to have both her eyes fixed a few years ago. Oh...wait...not really her eyes but her eye lids were so droopy that it affected her peripheral vision, so her eye dr insisted she get it fixed. I guess that's not the same thing as entropion. I'm glad you wrote about this condition...maybe it will remind moms and dads to pay attention to their pets eyes!
    Love, Di
    P.S. Mom said she wrote another message on the blog that Nicky wrote.

  2. Dear Aunt Patty,
    I think it would be weird to have droopy eyelids, but probably not painful like having entropion. Anyway, I'm glad you got your eyelids fixed. Entropion is supposedly very painful, so I hope people will notice if their pet has it. Just looking at the pictures in my blog makes my eyes hurt!
    Love, Piper

  3. Dear Piper,
    I read the first paragraph and more but then it got too scary so I couldn't finish it.. I wonder how YOU felt! So I have to ask you how the eye lid goes back and if its very common and how do you prevent it and how do you know you are getting it.
    Your awesome bunny friend,
    P.S. I found out that Tas has an inner bunny named SENSEI I knew that she was part bunny and she's born in the year of the bunny so I have HOPE!!!!

  4. Dear Lucky,
    Some dogs are born with the eyelid problem, or sometimes it develops after you have an eye infection or something like that. I don't know if there's any way to prevent it, but it's pretty easy to fix with some surgery. The way you know you have it is that your eyelashes rub on your eye, and that hurts a lot. I don't think you have to worry about getting it. Maybe bunnies don't ever get it. At least I hope not!
    Love, Piper

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