Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:52 pm Post subject: Advice on droopy lower eye lids...
Honey is 13 weeks on Friday and in otherwise good health. However, since she arrived five weeks ago we have noticed that her lower eye lids have become quite droopy. The Vet said she may have some infection and gave her drops but also said she could have Ectropion (not a condition commonly found in labs apparently). Her eyes started to get a lot better and the droopiness seem to correct itself but now it has started again and they look really droopy. We have been back to the Vets twice, her eyes don't look irritated now and she doesn't paw at them or look in any discomfort but they are very droopy...The vet said she may grow out of it as her skull grows to accomodate her puppy skin so said it would be too early to defo diagnose something like Ectropion. I am just wondering if anybody else has experienced this with their pup...and if so did they grow out of it?? Any advice greatly received. Lisa and Honey. xxx
I beg to differ, unfortunately entropian is very common amongst many of the heavier show lines in our breed, and indeed many other lines of Labrador too. It is one of the health problems, whilst not as common as, say, Hip dysplacia, certainly is a breed specific problem.
I am glad your girl is not worrying at her eyes. It certainly does improve if it is not a severe case as the pup grows and her head shape changes to accomodate her extra skin - exactly as your vet says. I would play it by 'eye', and if she gets frequent eye infections (basically dust and small particles are getting into places that they should not all too easily because of parts of the eye being exposed that shouldn't be with the saggy lower eyerim) then after the third or fourth I would insist they look further into helping her. The operation to correct this, whilst scarey for mums and dads, on a case that is not extremely severe is a fairly minor op.
I rather hope you have insurance as now she has had one outburst unfortunately it won't be possible to take it out for anything to do with this eye problem - but if not really relax and try and wait out her head growing
Best of luck
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Charlie was exactly the same. I've been trying to find a photo of him which shows it but none of them are that good. The vet told us that he would grow into them which he more or less has done. Sometimes if he's tired they can still look droopy but most of the time they're fine
Ectropion is actually not that uncommon in Labradors! Seen rather more in working lines than show, for the obvious reason.
It is normally caused by small, or deep set eyes, and as you vet said, as the pup grows and the head shape changes it might well tighten up.
Generally it is no problem, and I would recommend you leave well alone, unless problems do occur.
One thing to watch for is grit and rubbish dropping into the "Pocket" and abrading the eye. An operation, if needed consists of simply "Nicking" the lower lid and putting a couple of stitches in to tighten it up slightly.
Thanks for the reassurance guys. I have been very worried about this so it's nice to have a little peace of mind. It was my Vet who said they thought it was uncommon in labs so that got me even more worried that this was something unusual!! Hopefully it will clear up soon, her pretty little face looks so sad with droopy eyes! Thanks. Lisa and Honey. xx
At our vet check, we were told by the vet that he 'used to correct them' but doesn't now. John W explained to me that as she was unlikely to be crashing through undergrowth as she is a pet dog, not working, she is unlikely to have problems, and at 9 months old she's been fine so far. I have to admit, this is why we picked our puppy, because her droopy eyes were so appealing. I had no idea at the time there could be health implications! Good luck with Honey xx
HI Bailey had the opposite entropion to yours and instead of droopy eyes he had his lower lids rolled in so the fur was rubbing his eyes and he needed stitches to give him slightly droopy eyes until he grows into his skin. Sarah
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