What is Ectropion?
A rolling out of the eyelid margin leading that leads to exposure of the cornea and various damage up to and including blindness.
How does my dog get Ectropion?
There is a breed predilection version as well as an acquired version of ectropion. The breeds with a greater risk of developing ectropion are listed below. The acquired version is most commonly seen in older pets as a result of changes in skin tone and muscle tone around the face.
How do I know if my dog has Ectropion?
When looking at your dog, the normally straight edge of the lower lid rolls out making it easy to conjunctiva (white) and the third eyelid. Additionally, there is excessive tearing noted and staining of the face below the eyelid from the tears. A mucous or pus like discharge may also be seen as result of the exposure of the conjunctiva and cornea and possible infections. Your veterinarian will examine your dog and do some simple tests to confirm the diagnosis and may refer you to a specialist for additional diagnostics and treatment.
What can I do about Ectropion?
Most mild cases can be managed medically with good facial hygiene using soft clothes or Kleenex and water. The more severe cases will require surgical procedures to fix the abnormality.
Is there anything I can do to prevent my dog from getting Ectropion?
Breed selection is the first thing to do when trying to avoid dogs with ectropion. Acquired ectropion usually indicates other significant clinical problems leading to muscle atrophy around the face. A form of ectropion may develop with hypothyroidism. Additionally, trauma to the eyelids and scarring may lead to ectropion.
Are there certain breeds that get Ectropion more often?
Spaniels, hounds, retrievers, St. Bernards, Mastiff, Bloodhound.