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Distichiasis in Dogs

Distichiasis in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $1,500 to $2,000

What it is: Distachiasis involves the growth of eyelashes where they normally wouldn’t grow, a condition that can affect both upper and lower lids of one or both eyes. The condition becomes particularly problematic when the eyelashes protrude inward, irritating the dog’s cornea.


  • Eye irritation
  • Squinting, tearing
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Scarring
  • Secondary infections
  • Blindness or eye loss of untreated

Treatment:Treatment involves removing the abnormal eyelashes, either manually or through electrolysis, cryotherapy or surgery. Procedures to remove eyelashes can be rather expensive due to the expertise and equipment required, but many pet insurance plans cover the cost.

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