Common Eylid conditions in dogs.
Lower lid Entropion is common in many large breed dogs including Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Standard Poodles and many other breeds with loose skin such as the Shar Pei, Basset Hound and Bulldog. Age of onset is usually 6-18 months old. Surgery is necessary to correct eyelid position to alleviate pain and minimise damage to the cornea. In dogs younger than 20 weeks we will place temporary tacking sutures to evert the eyelids.
This allows time for the growth that may correct the puppy entropion. When surgery is needed most cases of lower lid Entropion require shortening the lower eyelid and then rolling the affected eyelid out.
We have found this combined technique gives us excellent results. Excellent eyelid apposition is essential, so a figure of 8 suture pattern is used to close the eyelid shortening. 5/0 Maxon suture is ideal as it is absorbable, so suture removal is not needed.
Once the eyelid conformation has been restored many entropion cases then require treatment for conjunctivitis.