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Date:   02 July, 2010  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits.
 
NASAL FOLD TRICHIASIS
IN THE SHIH TZU
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
02 July, 2010
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Many Shih Tzu owners in Singapore are unaware that continual irritation of the cornea by hairs from the prominent nasal folds daily result in painful corneal ulcers in the eyes. These progress to brown pigments forming in the cornea if the owner ignores the dog scratching and rubbing its eyes. After a few months, the pigment on the cornea obstructs vision. After a few years, the corneal surface is nearly flooded by the brown pigments and the dog can't see clearly. In other cases, the rubbing causes the eyeball to pop out or rupture. Once the eye ball is ruptured, the dog can't see anymore.
 
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tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)3527 - 3529. Nasal Fold Trichiasis causes corneal ulcers. Solution: Ask your vet to excise the two prominent folds.

Ask your vet to excise the two nasal folds if you don't have time to trim away the hairs regularly to prevent the hairs sticking onto the cornea daily. It is really painful for your Shih Tzu but the dog can't talk and therefore tolerates the pain by rubbing the eyes or head against the bed, floor or wall.  Blindness or loss of vision is not good for your companion. Therefore, check your Shih Tzu's eye cornea daily and get your vet to treat for early corneal ulcers. Nasal fold excision is highly advised if you don't have time to trim away the long inward growing hairs of the nasal folds.
 

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