Dog Eye Diseases

Cherry Eye, Eyelash Problems, Entropion in Dogs

Common eye diseases of dogs, including Cherry Eye, Eyelash Problems, Entropion, Ectropion, Conjunctivitis and more. If your dog is pawing at, rubbing or shows signs of pain or irritation around the eyes, seek veterinary help as soon as possible, as eye conditions can change quickly.

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    Miniature Dachshund with Eyes Closed
    Yoshihisa Fujita/MottoPet/Getty Images

    Blepharospasm is not a disease in and of itself; it is a clinical sign that something is wrong with the eye or eyelid in most cases.

  • 02 of 10
    Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (cherry eye) in a dog.
    Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (cherry eye) in a dog. By Joel Mills (Own work) [ GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    You notice a "cherry red" lump in the corner of your dog's eye(s) and wonder what it is and what to do about it. After a visit to the veterinarian, you learn that it is a common condition called cherry eye.

    Here is a collection of resources for learning more about this condition, what treatment options are available, and ways to share and interact with other people who have dogs with cherry eye.

  • 03 of 10
    Dog with cunjunctivitis
    >" Norman (with conjunctivitis) :(" ( CC BY 2.0) by  linuxlibrarian

    Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the very thin clear membrane that lines the eyelids and the whites of the eyes.

    Conjunctivitis is commonly called pinkeye.

  • 04 of 10
    Lower lid ectropion in a four year old cocker spaniel
    Lower lid ectropion in a four year old cocker spaniel. The shaded area on the medial cornea is pigment from corneal irritation. Di Joel Mills - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=935100

    Ectropion is an outward rolling or sagging of the eyelid.

    It is seen most often in dogs, and is rare in cats. In dogs can be seen in any breed, but some breeds are predisposed including Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, Bull Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, and several breeds of Spaniels, among others.

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  • 05 of 10
    A dog with entropion of the lower eyelid. Scarring of the cornea has occurred in this case.
    A dog with entropion of the lower eyelid. Scarring of the cornea has occurred in this case. Joel Mills / Wikimedia Commons

    Entropion describes a condition where the eyelid "rolls in" on itself. It can affect one or both eyes, and the lower and/or upper eyelids. This condition is the opposite of Ectropion, where the lids sag and roll outward.

  • 06 of 10

    Eyelash Disorders: Ectopic Cilia, Distichiasis, Trichiasis

    Buffy Baird by Mike Baird on Flickr
    Buffy Baird. by Mike Baird on Flickr

    Abnormal eyelash growth is a relatively common problem in dogs, but these problems are only rarely seen in cats. There are several distinct disorders of eyelashes with tricky names, but the problems they cause, and their treatment, are similar.

  • 07 of 10
    A senior dog
    By Trevor Hurlbut (Flickr: noah (1 of 1)) [ CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    This question is from a viewer asking what to expect as his dog grows older. What is "normal" for an older dog? Being aware of the normal aging changes for your senior pet will help you identify when there is a medical problem that should be addressed.

  • 08 of 10
    Close up of a Shih Tzu puppy's face
    loridambrosio / Getty Images

    Dogs that have excessive tearing (called epiphora) and drainage around the eyes may have a foul odor from the discharge as it collects on the hair and skin.

    This is a common problem and one that needs daily attention to help keep odors and skin inflammation under control.

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  • 09 of 10
    Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis, in defensive posture trying to spray dog
    Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis, in defensive posture trying to spray dog. Daniel J Cox / Getty Images

    When sprayed by a skunk, the normal reaction is to blink and close the eyes immediately, but things happen fast. If you notice your dog rubbing their eyes, blinking fast (blepharospasm), experiencing redness or tearing, your dog may have gotten some spray in the eyes.

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    Dogs in veterinary waiting room (illustration)
    John Lund / Getty Images

    While we endeavor to take the very best care of our pets, sometimes it is confusing to know if they are sick or not, if is it an emergency, or if we can wait and watch to see if they will improve. Eye problems are included on this list.