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ENTROPION

Eyelashes Turned Inward

Entropion is a condition of the eye most often seen in newborn goats in which the eyelids are turned inward, causing eyelashes to rub on the eyeball. Painful to the goat, Entropion causes excessive tearing along with matted and swollen-shut eyes. Serious infection and even ulceration can occur if not treated immediately. Loss of sight is possible.

Often seen in the Boer breed but not restricted only to Boers, there is some indication Entropion might be hereditary.

Congenital Entropion occurs in newborn and very young kids. Spastic Entropion occurs in older goats and can be the result of an injury to the eyelid.

Entropion can be mistaken for Pinkeye. A goat with what appears to be Pinkeye that is not clearing up after its herdmates have recovered may instead have Entropion.

Entropion in newborn kids is usually easily remedied with prompt care. Three-times-a-day application of Terramycin ophthalmic ointment into the kid's eyes for a week to 10 days usually gives the newborn kid's body time to develop some fatty tissue in the eyelid that will force the lashes outward.

If application of eye ointment doesn't solve the problem, without using sedatives veterinarians can use surgical staples or wound clips on the eyelid to turn it outward and hold it in place. Ophthalmic antibiotic cream is applied several times a day while the staples/stents/wound clips are in place. The surgical thread that secures them will fall out/turn loose in a short time. This procedure is most commonly needed in adult goats with eye injuries.

You cannot ignore Entropion. The goat may well lose its sight if the problem is not corrected.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Texas 4.1.21

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