There are many breeds that may have a higher genetic predisposition for entropion — some of them include:2
Depending on the severity, signs of entropion in dogs can be easy to spot. If your dog displays any of the following, they may be suffering from eyelid entropion:2,3
- Excessive squinting or blinking
- Pawing at or rubbing their eye
- Keeping their eye closed
- Tearing up excessively (may come with staining)
- Discharge (mucus or pus)
- Corneal ulcers
- Redness or swelling
If you notice any of the above signs, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your vet to get your dog’s eye looked at as soon as possible.
When you bring your dog to the vet, tell them which symptoms your dog is experiencing. Your vet may examine their eyelid to diagnose it as entropion. They’ll also check your dog’s eye for other damage.
A fluorescein stain test can help the vet spot corneal damage.4 This is a virtually painless test where dye is dropped into your dog’s eye, and a cobalt blue light is used to look at the eye. The dye will stick to damaged areas, allowing the vet to see if there’s a problem.
Treating entropion typically requires surgically correcting the eyelid. Entropion surgery for dogs involves removing a small section of the eyelid, so the inward roll reverses and the eyelid returns to a normal position.2 Vets may perform two surgeries instead of one to reduce the risk of over-correcting and potentially causing an outward rolling eyelid, also known as ectropion.2
If surgery is required for a puppy, vets will likely wait until they’ve reached their adult size, since the pup is still growing.2 However, if the eyelid can’t wait to be corrected, a vet may opt for an eyelid tacking procedure.3 This involves using sutures to temporarily secure the eyelid outward while the puppy grows until permanent surgery can be done.
Ophthalmic antibiotics and artificial tear lubricants may be prescribed to help treat any other conditions that may have resulted from entropion.2 Your dog’s eye will likely be swollen after the procedure, and they typically need to wear an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent any damage while the eye heals. A follow-up visit with the vet is usually required to remove sutures and ensure the eye is healing well.
A successful correction of entropion can allow your dog to lead a normal life without eye pain. However, some types of eye damage due to entropion may result in vision impairment.2 Your vet can give you the correct prognosis for your pup’s situation.
The cost of entropion surgery can depend on a few factors, including who performs it, where you live, the severity of entropion, and if it’s in one or both eyes. If your dog undergoes surgery at your routine vet’s office, it may cost around $500 – $1,500.1 If they get the procedure done by an animal ophthalmologist or other specialist, it can cost $1,800 – $2,000 or more.1
There may be other costs associated with surgery — like anesthesia, medications, follow-up care, or preoperative blood work — along with the costs of any other treatments needed as a result of entropion. Be sure to discuss these with your vet, so you can get a more accurate estimate for your vet bill.
With entropion treatment potentially costing over $1,000, a dog insurance policy with MetLife Pet can help make sure your dog gets the best care for their entropion.
Take two-year-old shar-pei, Lux, for example. This New Jersey pup needed surgery to correct her double eyelid entropion. Lux’s parents took her to an animal ophthalmologist for surgery that cost over $3,300. Thanks to her owner’s MetLife Pet policy, they were reimbursed for just over $3,000.5
Don’t wait until health issues arise to get protection for your pet and your wallet. Pet insurance can help cover diagnostics, treatments, and other vet visit costs for your dog. Get a free personalized quote today, and see what MetLife Pet can do for you.