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Pet Health Concerns: Ectropion

Ectropion is an eye condition that is common in many various dog breeds. This eye condition occurs when a pet  develops an  outward turned eyelid. This abnormal eyelid development tends to cause a space between the lid and the eye, allowing for infections to occur. Some causes of ectropion are muscle mass loss, weight loss, eye injuries, hyperthyroidism, and chronic eye inflammations. Although this can occur in any dog breed, some breeds, such as Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, and Saint Bernards are more susceptible.

Symptoms appear as portions of the eye being exposed due to the  lower eyelid rolling forward and the conjunctiva of the eye may appear red, dry, or inflamed.  Ectropion is possible to treat with corrective surgical procedures, however it may cost several hundred dollars.

To learn more about ectropion in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with ectropion? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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