• Akita association of Ireland first championship show 20 June 2015

    A lovely day  was had by all at the  Akita Association Of Ireland’s first championship show. Congratulations  to all the winners.  We are delighted that our first championship show was such a success and thank you to all who supported the show and special thanks to  Dave Killilea of Redwitch Akitas for judging.


  • Akita Association of Ireland Club Show 2014

    The Akita Association of Ireland Breed Club Show was held on Sunday 19 October 2014  Thank you  Mr Ross Delmar our Judge and thanks to our sponsor Petsolutions UK Eire and of course to all the people who help on the day and all that came along to  make the day a great success.   […]


  • 2015 Calendar

    The Akita Association of Ireland  are now taking orders for  adverts for their 2015 calender. Any member wishing to take out an advert can do so by emailing a photograph of their dog or dogs to  bob.modelvill@gmail.com. The cost is €50 per advert and the photograph must be over 1200 pixels.


  • Dog Friendly B&B

    Please take your membership card along with you when staying at any of the following as you may be asked for it. The Akita Association of Ireland have negotiated a 20% discount for all members at the dog friendly Rockville House B&B in Cashell, Co Tipperrary. This applies to all bookings made direct with Rockville House.  Akita Association members […]


  • St Patrick’s Day Pet Expo 2014

    The association were pleased to be at the IKC St Patrick’d Day pet expo 2014 Thanks are due to all who gave up their weekend…human and dogs to promote the breeds and make it another  great success for the Association.  Huge thank you to all the visitors to the stand who came to see and learn a little […]



Entropion is the inward rolling of the eyelid, most commonly the lower lid. This irritates the surface of the eye (the cornea) and may ultimately cause visual impairment. Entropion is a common hereditary disorder in dogs. Selection for a particular conformation, of exaggerated facial features with prominent eyes and/or heavy facial folds, has created or worsened this problem in many breeds.

Canine Entropian

This problem occurs in many breeds. It is particularly severe in the mastiff, bullmastiff, Shar Pei, and chow chow. Entropion is seen in the Akita, American Staffordshire terrier, Pekingese, Bulldog, Pomeranian, pug, Japanese chin, Shih Tzu, Yorkshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Dalmatian, old English sheepdog, Rottweiler, Siberian husky, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Toy and Miniature Poodle. It is also seen in hounds (basset hound, bloodhound), spaniels (Clumber spaniel, English and American cocker spaniel, English springer spaniel, English toy spaniel, Tibetan spaniel).


The problem is usually evident before a year of age. Discomfort from Entropion will cause increased tearing and squinting. Your dog may be sensitive to light and may rub at its eyes. Chronic irritation by the turned-in eyelid may cause corneal ulceration and scarring which is painful and, if not corrected, can impair vision. The in rolling of the eyelid is readily apparent. Generally both eyes are affected. Depending on the degree of corneal irritation and the duration, there will be other signs such as those mentioned above. Your veterinarian will evaluate the degree of Entropion and use fluorescein dye to determine if there is any corneal ulceration.


Dogs that have had surgical correction for a defect such as Entropion may not be exhibited in the show ring. Entropion is corrected surgically. If possible it is best to delay surgery until the dog is an adult since the involved facial structures are still growing and changing.


Ectropion is a physical condition in which the eyelid rolls outward, exposing the sensitive inner eyelid to harsh environmental conditions and damage. This abnormality usually occurs in the middle of the lower eyelids, and either one or both eyes may be affected. Ectropion symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, but with the right treatment this condition has an excellent prognosis. Clinical signs of Ectropion are usually obvious to owners.

Canine Ectropion

Ectropion is the eversion, or turning outward (away from the eye), of all or part of the margin of a lower eyelid, which results in exposure of the sensitive inner lining (conjunctiva) of the eye. It usually is obvious to owners. The most common sign of Ectropion in dogs is a droopy or “long” lower eyelid (or eyelids). Additional signs often include watery eyes, swollen or red conjunctiva, facial staining, inflammation and infection.


Ectropion in dogs usually involves the lower eyelid. Often the condition has no symptoms, but tearing and  conjunctive may be seen. Breeds associated with Ectropian include the Cocker Spaniel, the Saint Bernard, the Bloodhound, the Clumber Spaniel, and the Bassett Hound. It can also result from trauma or nerve damage. Treatment (surgery) is only recommended if there is chronic conjunctivitis or if there is corneal damage. A small part of the affected lid is removed and then the lid is sewn back together.


The goals of treating canine Ectropion are to resolve any underlying painful conditions and to correct severe cases that are causing continuous eye pain and irritation. Mild to moderate cases may require little treatment other than supportive care with topical lubricants (drops or ointment, with or without antibiotics) and thorough, regular and consistent facial hygiene by the dog’s owner. Severe cases of Ectropion may require surgery.