Posted : 11/29/2006 2:48:34 AM
A lot of what you ask depends on the breed, the condition and the vet. Surgery around the eye requires very precise cutting and stitching. Choose your vet wisely, ask many questions.
I've seen this happen more in cockers and beagles, mostly the smaller long eared breeds. It also depends on how much of the glad has prolapsed. In some cases it's alright for the dog to have a minor prolapsed and live without needing surgery to repair it but other times it can impair the dog's vision or be so far protruded that it can actually dry and case some damage to the dogs eye.
For the most part surgery to have the gland tucked back in should keep the gland in for the dog's whole life but it sometimes does prolapsed again after surgery. Much depends on the upkeep of the dog. If the dog tends to scratch its eye a lot then it can easily cause the gland to pop out. The owner should really keep a close watch on the dog after surgery. In some cases the vet may even choose to have the entire gland removed but will only do that if they don#%92t have another option.