What does droopy eyes on a dog mean?

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Ectropion is a common condition of dogs where the lower eyelids droop or roll out.

It can affect one or both eyes.

It is often inherited and has a strong tendency to occur in dogs with loose droopy skin.

St. Bernards, Great Danes, Bloodhounds, Bullmastiffs, Newfoundlands, among others, are predisposed to ectropion1.

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Ectropion is a common condition of dogs where the lower eyelids droop or roll out.

It can affect one or both eyes.

It is often inherited and has a strong tendency to occur in dogs with loose droopy skin.

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Floppy ears, for example, may look adorable on dogs and rabbits, but they actually are a result of malformed ear cartilage. An animal hoping to hear well isn't going to benefit from having the ear flopped down alongside its face. Domesticated animals even have smaller brains than their wild counterparts.
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"Droopy eye" is a condition in which the nerves to a dog's eye have been inflamed or damaged.

Horner's syndrome refers to a nervous system disorder affecting the eye.

The pupils will be small, the eyelid partially closed, and the 3rd eyelid will be elevated and protruding slightly.

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It is often inherited and has a strong tendency to occur in dogs with loose droopy skin.

Hereditary or developmental ectropion is most common in young dogs whereas acquired ectropion can develop as a result of nerve damage or injury and can occur with corneal injury, infection or other severe inflamatory conditions.

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If your dog's eyes are wide open, it means your dog feels ready to play.

When a dog breaks eye contact it means a dog is avoiding confrontation and being polite.

If your dog has wide, upturned eyes it's a signal that the dog is feeling nervous or unsure.

Narrowed eyes usually mean your dog is feeling aggressive.

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A puppy face or a puppy dog face is a facial expression that humans make that is based on canine expressions.

In dogs and other animals, the look is expressed when the head is tilted down and the eyes are looking up.

It can be a lighthearted expression for begging or an attempt to persuade someone.

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In dogs, proptosis usually results from blunt trauma. However, in certain breeds, proptosis can occur if the facial skin is accidentally pulled too hard. Brachiocephalic breeds, such as Pugs, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Lhasa Apso, are predisposed to proptosis due to their shallow orbits.
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