What they are
Extra eyelashes are eyelashes that grow from small glands in the eyelid edges. These glands normally produce a fatty substance that helps lubricate the eyeball, but in some cases grow eyelashes. Extra eyelashes are also known as distichia – a double row of lashes.
Some dogs may have a single extra eyelash whereas other dogs can have multiple extra eyelashes. Using a hand held microscope veterinary ophthalmologists are able to diagnose extra eyelashes at the time of an Ophthalmic consultation or at the ACES (Australian Certification Examination Scheme) examination.
Caption: Extra eyelashes, these are large hairs that are clearly visible.
Breeds predisposed to extra eyelashes
Many breeds can develop extra eyelashes. At Animal Eye Care we see the following breeds we have listed in alphabetical order: Bull Dog, Cocker Spaniel (American & English), Dachshund, Miniature Schnauzer, Pekingese, Retriever (Golden), Retriever (Labrador), Samoyeds, Shetland sheepdog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
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