Distichiasis is an eye condition in which the eyelashes grow in improperly, causing problems. Pets affected by this conditions experience eye irritation, inflammation, tearing, corneal ulcers, squinting, and scarring. This is all caused by the eyelashes growing in abnormally from the meibomian glands duct. At times, they eyelashes growing from this duct can grow in pairs and are able to grow from both the lower and upper eyelids, bilaterally. Many dog breeds can be affected by this eye condition, however some of the more common breeds affected are the Bulldog,Labrador Retriever, Shiba Inu, Standard Poodle, and Beagle. There are several treatment options available to your pet if they are experiencing this condition. Electrolysis, electrocautery, cryotherapy, which will freeze the hair follicle with nitrogen, and surgery are available to take care of distichiasis. Surgery is the most expensive option of the few and can cost between $1,000 to $2,000.
To learn more about distichiasis in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with distichiasis? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.