The Discomfort and Dire Consequences of Entropion In Cats

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Myrtle is such a sweet gentle cat who has only ever known pain and discomfort. Etobicoke Humane Society saved her from a Quebec kill shelter the night before she was scheduled for euthanization.

Myrtle has been diagnosed with Entropion, which is a condition that is common in dogs, but only seen occasionally in cats. She has had it from birth but until now it has gone untreated. At 2-years-old you can only imagine the damage its done.

Entropion is the inversion of part or all of the eyelid. The inversion can involve the upper or lower lids, or both. In Myrtle’s case, she has an inverted upper eyelid which has caused her eyelashes to rest on her cornea. Constant brushing of the eyelashes on the cornea has caused a chronic ulceration condition and has affected her sight. The vet has concluded that Myrtle does not have sight in her left eye and the cornea in her left eye is also misshapen.

Myrtle underwent surgery this past week and it went well. We are told the vet was able to save her eye although she is blind in that eye. She headed into foster care after surgery, with one of our volunteers. She is recovering nicely but of course having trouble maneuvering the with a cone on. While in foster she is getting all the love and attention she deserves while she awaits her forever family.

It is important to address any medical issues your animal may have in the early stages. If left untreated issues such as Entropion can worsen over time affecting the health and well-being of your fur baby.

We welcome you to make a one-time donation to off-set the cost of Myrtle’s surgery https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/etobicokehumanesociety/myrtle/

 

Further Entropion Information:
 
Eyelashes and hair of the eyelid irritate the cornea (the front clear part of the eye) which can lead to various levels of severity of the Entropion condition, which includes excessive tear production; mucoid discharge with pigmentation or ulceration of the cornea; and in severe cases, rupturing of the eye.

Update:

At two years of age Myrtle’s Entropion, deemed a birth defect was dealt with. Subsequently a second surgery was done after it was discovered that the bottom eyelid had the same issue. Hair was growing towards the eye and caused irritation. Poor Myrtle has been through so much and we are happy to say that she has found her forever home. Below is an update from her family.

“Mimi’s (formally Myrtle) eye is doing well and is settling in well. I’m getting used to having a cat and the characteristics of a cat. She’s very cuddly in the evening when she knows I’m home but all over the place in the morning.

I love having her here and it’s been nice having someone to come home too.”

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