My lab is eight weeks old. I noticed last week that his eyes started tearing. I took him to his new puppy vet checkup...and he was diagnosed with entropia, both eyes and lower lids. I did not want to return him to the breeder and decided to keep the pup.
My vet suggests surgery (removing skin below each eye) at 12 weeks...and use eye ointment three times a day prior to the surgery.
I have been researching other alternatives. I am concerned about surgery at 12 weeks and the possiblity of over-correction.
My current inclination is to have the pup's eyes tacked. (which my vet doesn't seem over-excited about).This will make him more comforable...possibily help train the eyelid to maintain a correct placement while the pup's face matures. I know that this is NOT a guarantee and that the tacking probably won't last more than four weeks. After that...I would use ointment until the actual surgery is done...but I don't want to do it until the pup's face matures.
If facial surgery is needed...I would rather do it at the time he is neutered...which means waiting until 5-6 months of age.
This would give his face time to catch up with his eyelids...but then I also have to be concerned about corneal damage if I wait until he is 5-6 months old.
Has anybody been in my position...or have suggestions on entropia, entropia surgery, eye tacking, etc. Thanks
Personally, I'd have him seen by a board certified ophthamologist (ACVO). They are the best informed to answer your questions too. To find an ACVO near you, see http://www.vmdb.org/clinic.html
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
I would never have surgery on a pup that young. He can still grow out of it. Rider had very teary and droopy eyes for a long time, but he grew into his skin so to speak. I would agree with Anne and see a specialist.
If you do eventually get the surgery, it's not a huge to do...my friend's dog had it done and he did great, it looks great and he's had no problems. He had it at around 2.5 years old though.
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I had one of my puppies with entrpia at 8 weeks I had the eye's tacked before he went to his new home. He did great until 4 yrs old and at that time his owners did the sugary.
Can't say much about the surgery itself, but I would not take the word of a generalized vet and would seak the advice of an ACVO.
Also PLEASE do inform the breeder once diagnosis is confirmed.
Would you have your family doctor do eye surgery on one of your kids? I bet not. Take the pup to an ACVO.
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Yup, I agree with tech others. One of my pups had entropia and the surgery was done when it was about 4 months old. All went well.Originally Posted by labby
If his eyes are tearing, there is irritation to the eye and doing nothing could result in damage to the eye itself. Entropion is a rolling inward of the eyelid and the lashes are likely irritating the eye. I had a puppy with this and my ACVO vet told me definitely NOT to do the surgery at a young age for the reason you already stated - the puppy has a lot of growing to do and it could result in overcorrection down the line. With this puppy, we simply tacked the lid (which is still a surgical procedure) and he did great afterward. He is now 1 1/2 and has not yet had to have the surgery, but his owners know to watch for signs of irritation and that surgery may or may not be needed in the future.
But definitely get that pup in to a specialist before you have cornea damage to deal with as well.
Hi, I ran across your posts as I was researching Entropia and am glad I found this.Originally Posted by birdbrainz
I have a 10 week Ogar Polski puppy.
My vet is very good and we trust her totally. She tacked my puppie's lids yesterday.
I hope her eyes will be pretty and normal after this. The one eye was worse than the other but both were hurting her.
I would not want surgery at such a young age and was happy to try the tacking.
It was done with a local and it doeswn't seem to bother her.