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Facial Hair in the eye

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Condition Overview

Hair in the nasal folds may grow up against the eyeball and rub against the cornea. This tends to be a problem with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, and in short-nosed breeds such as Pekingese, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apsos, and Bulldogs.

Symptoms

The involved hair will be stained reddish brown by tears.

Causes

The pets facial hair has grown long enough to reach and irritate the eye.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by physical examination.

Treatment

The offending hairs should be removed by clipping. If the hair is in the nasal folds, it may need to be surgically removed.

Prevention

Use a reputable pet groomer with good techniques to remove problem areas of hair. Have your dog groomed on a regular basis.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian or a professional pet grooming facility to assist you in correcting this situation.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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