Similar to humans, pets can suffer from a variety of eye ailments, in today’s veterinary blog, Dr. Carrie Breaux, describes how an ingrown eyelash should be treated.
There are many times that pet owners wish their pet could talk—particularly when they are ill or feeling pain or discomfort. Eye problems are one example where early detection and treatment can prevent more serious problems. Veterinary Ophthalmologist Dr. Carrie Breaux offered some guidelines on “Entropion,” a disorder that occurs when a pet’s eyelashes grow inward.
Entropion most commonly affects a pet’s lower eyelid, but it can also occur with the upper eyelid. This disorder results in problems ranging from minor irritation to severe discomfort to severe damage to the eyeball. It can even affect your pet’s eyesight.
Early treatment and veterinary care crucial. It makes sense that the longer the eyelid rolls inward, the more irritation and discomfort for the patient. In addition, pets suffering from Entropion innately squint more due to the irritation—a response that actually worsens this condition.
Entropion is most common in younger dogs. There are some temporary procedures that not only manage it, they also allow a young patient a chance to outgrow the condition altogether. However, severe and chronic cases may require extensive surgery to re-position the eyelids and protect the pet’s long-term sight.
It’s important to note that any breed of dog can be affected by this eye ailment.
If you notice an increase in your pet’s tearing, squinting, or discharge, it is always appropriate to consult your family veterinarian right away. If your veterinarian is unavailable, WestVet is open and able to address your concerns 24 hours a day. We offer the services of two veterinary ophthalmologists to care for your pet’s eye health.