Trichiasis in Dogs

Overview of Trichiasis in Dogs

Trichiasis is a condition in which hair arising from a normal site contacts the cornea or conjunctiva (lining of the eyelid). It is more common in dogs than cats, and is most often seen in young dogs. Trichiasis is common in the breeds of dogs with flat noses and prominent eyes, such as the Pekingese, pug, shih tzu, Lhasa apso and bulldog, as well as in the breeds of dogs that grow long hair around their eyes, such as the American cocker spaniel.

General Causes of Trichiasis in Dogs

What to Watch For

Diagnosis of Trichiasis in Dogs

Generally, the diagnosis is made by visual inspection of the eye and observing hair touching the cornea and/or conjunctiva.


The condition may be managed conservatively in some patients with medication alone. Other dogs may require surgery. Treatments might include:

Home Care and Prevention for Dogs with Thrichiasis

Administer all medications as directed by your veterinarian. Return for follow-up as directed by your veterinarian.

There is no preventative care for trichiasis.