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Distichiasis - Eyelashes Gone Awry

Distichiasis is the presence of distichiae, which are abnormal hairs growing from the edge of the eyelid. These hairs grow from oil glands, called Meibomian glands, which are normal and present in dogs' eyelids, and open onto the edge of the eyelid. If the hair grows out of the opening and protrudes at the eyelid edge, it is called a distichia; if it grows out through the eyelid's inner surface, effectively pointed toward the eyeball, it is called Ectopic Cilia. Dogs with disthichiasis typically have multiple occurrences on both eyes.

Symptoms of Distichiasis
There may be no symptoms at all, if the hairs are very fine and don't point inward. However, if the hairs are angled or curled inward, and/or are not as fine, then they may cause irritation of the cornea. Symptoms would include squinting, signs of discomfort, and possible gummy discharge. If the case is more severe, the dog may develop a corneal ulceration, which would show as a bluish-gray discoloration on the eye surface, possibly with a visibile indention if very severe, and the dog may be so uncomforable that he injures himself trying to scratch or rub his eye. -Read the whole article
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Recent Visitor Comments
Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Featured Breed -

Brussels Griffon

The Brussels Griffon At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin Belgium
Life Expectancy 12 - 15 yrs
Height Range 7 - 8 in
Weight Range 8 - 10 lbs
Colors Red, beige, black & tan, or black. No white hairs or markings
Trainability Can be good with a skilled and patient trainer; they tend to be stubborn
With Children Good with older children; can be nervous around overly active younger children
With Animals Very good; does well with other dogs and cats
Climate Intolerant of cold weather
Indoor/Outdoor Indoor with some outdoor time preferred; can do well in apartment/condo
Exercise Reqd Moderate to high; walks and play time are sufficient
Grooming Reqd Proper coat requires regular brushing and hand stripping by a knowledgeable groomer.
Brussels Griffon Information
The Brussels Griffon is a breed of toy dog named for the griffin, a mythological animal, which it is said to resemble. The Brussels griffon seems to have descended from a dog used by 17th-century Belgian peasants to rid their stables of rats. The ancestry of the modern breed includes the Affenpinscher, the Smooth-Coated Pug, and the Ruby Spaniel.

Conformation

Brussels Griffons have distinctive short, upturned faces, large, round heads, short noses, and unusually large and prominent black eyes. The male Griffon from 7 to 12 pounds. The female is slightly larger.

Disposition

The Brussels Griffon is intelligent, alert, sensitive, and full of self-importance with an almost human expression.

They are inside pets, good with other pets and children of all ages.

There are two types of coats, rough and smooth. They come in colors of Beige, Black, Black and Beige and Red.

Courtesy of Kelly Crawford, KMC-Kennels.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's strangest trick?
My dog Katie will go get the newspaper every morning and take it out of the plastic bag!
Mary Beth from Detroit, MI, USA
We have a dog named Benjamin, and he won't take his vitamin unless we put it on his nose for him to flip up and catch.
Walt from MA, USA
I have trained my dog to jump rope and he loves it. Now he won't let my daughter jump rope by herself.
Jean-Paul from Nice, FRA
We taught Twinkie to carry a purse! Her treats are in there and she won't open the purse herself... she waits for us to open it and give them to her!
Ben from New York, NY, USA
Our dog Skipper pretends to fall off the sofa. He did once by accident and we cuddled him afterward so he started doing it over and over for attention.
Rhonda from Boulder, CO, USA
My dog learned how to skateboard! Well, getting there, anyway. She can ride it and push, but still working on steering...
Barrett from Norcross, GA, USA
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