10/18/16 – Meet Axel. He has been a very neglected dog for many years. He has been kept on a chain 24/7 outside for most of his life and just watered and fed with very little human interaction and no medical attention. Fortunately, two very kind women who are relatives brought him to a vet and learned he has a condition called entropion eyelid.
Per the VCA Hospital website, “Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid “rolls” inward. This inward rolling often causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea (outer part of the eyeball) resulting in pain, corneal ulcers or corneal erosions. This corneal damage can also result in corneal scarring, that can interfere with vision. Most dogs will squint, hold the eye shut and tear excessively (epiphora). Interestingly, many flat-faced dogs with medial entropion (involving the corner of the eyes near the nose) exhibit no obvious signs of discomfort. In most cases, both eyes are affected.”
The caring women contacted 4 Paws 1 Heart and I told them that if they could get Axel permanently surrendered to them, we would help with Axel’s surgery. Axel will be the third dog we have helped with entropion eyelid surgery. Unfortunately, one of the dogs we helped, needs surgery again — which is not uncommon. Well, the ladies did it and now Axel is under their care and ownership and we are arranging for Axel’s surgery in the very near future. Once completed, Axel will be looking for his forever, loving home.