1. my rott has been healthy for 8 yrs. all of a sudden she has an eye infection.ok. took her to the vet like three times and they give me antibiotics. keeps coming back. the fourth time they do some test to determine her tear production ratio. which turns out borderline.they charge me a new eval. fee and say on the last visit it was documented eyes clear. went to a new vet. he also prescribes antiobiotic eye oint.and p.oantibiotics. then on second visit says her eyelid has turned inward and is scratching her eye. recommends cosmetic surgery or continual eye med. i clean her eyes daily and put in med but her eyes are just continually matted with drainage--all crusted up. you think the surgery sounds legit as an option??????/
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  3. by   sunnygirl272
    here's some info that might help...
    by Leanne Gosset
    Entropion is a common congenital defect of the eyelids. Sometimes entropion may be caused by dust or debris collecting in the eye, by eyelashes growing in the wrong direction, or by an eye injury. Entropion is the term given to the overall condition when the lower eyelid inrolls, bringing the eyelashes into direct contact with the cornea. This contact creates an irritation, making it necessary for the animal to blink constantly. As the animal blinks, it is compounding the problem by scraping the eyelashes across a more extensive area of the eye.
    In breeds with large heads and loose facial skin, entropion can be found in the upper eyelids as well.
    The entropion can also be complicated by blepharospasm. Blepharospasm is when the muscles around the eye spasms, causing severe squinting. Blepharospasm can be relieved by the application of anesthetic drops but the relief is temporary unless the factors causing the spasms has been removed.
    Entropion should never be left to take care of itself. If left untreated, the condition could cause sore watery eyes, infection, ulcers on the cornea and even blindness. Entropion condition requires surgical correction by a veterinarian
  4. by   Ortho_RN
    They could always suture her eye shut until it heals.. Is she pawing at it??? I am a CVT (Certified Vet Tech) and we have had many cases where they just won't heal due to the dog messing with it... They will probably need to do some type of surgery... And then possibly leave the lid closed until it has had time for the scratches to go away...
  5. by   tiger
    thanks sunny and nurs2b for your response. she acts like it doesn't bother her at all except when i clean her eyes. i'll check further into the surgery.
    I hope you get everything straightened out with your baby!

  7. by   LasVegasRN
    My Rott is 13 years old. Never any eye problems but early on he had hot spots almost every summer. Now, no problems for the last 7 years, except for old age and arthritis!
    Hope your rottie gets better soon!
  8. by   tiger
    my co-worker has a young rott and he has several hot spots. he won't leave them alone, causing infections. she took him to the vet and they say he is allergic to grass and pollen. said he would need kenolog shots and to give p.o. benadryl. mine never had a skin problem thanks las vegas rn and heather.
  9. by   NurseDennie
    Tiger - that problem with the eyelid turning in and the eyelashes irritating the eye is a VERY common problem amongst Rotties. I think I've read that you can correct it by pulling the eyelid away from the eye if you catch it really early but a lot of dogs need that surgery.

    My rotty doesn't get hot spots, but I had a golden retriever/GSD that did, just horribly. He was on steroids for a long time, and I'm convinced that it shortened his life.


    Oh Dennie! Every time I see your new avatar I have to bite my tongue to keep from saying something really really naughty!

  11. by   NurseDennie
    LOL - I know you do! It's hard to resist knocking it over when I set up SUCH a PERFECT joke for you!!!


  12. by   aimeee
    When I first looked at the avatar with my bleary haven't-had-my-morning-coffee-yet eyes I thought "What is that man doing holding a cow?" :chuckle
  13. by   Ortho_RN
    Speaking of Hot Spots.. When I was working at the Vet Clinics... We had a client come in with a Lab in December and we shaved him and well he had a Hot Spot... When we told him it was a Hot Spot he was like "It is 60 degrees outside how can a dog get a hot spot" It took it like 35mins to explain to him that a Hot Spot has absolutely NOTHING to do with the heat... It is a bacterial infection that is cause by anything a flea bite, scratch, anything that the dog can do and then he gets it irritated and infected... It wasn't funny at the time, but now when I think about it, it is..
  14. by   NurseDennie
    Wow, Nurs2b - I'm glad you explained that. I didn't really know what a hot spot was! I thought (I guess I assumed) that the dog was allergic to flea bites. So it could be any irritation that just gets freadked out.