Have you ever wondered if dogs have eyelashes or brows or what purpose their facial hairs serve? You must have wondered at some point or even asked, “do dogs have eyelashes?” You are not the only one wondering, after all.
Furthermore, do you think your dog’s eyelashes might use a trim but aren’t sure if it’s safe? We’ll talk about dog eyelashes, grooming requirements, and common eyelash problems in this article. Continue reading to learn more.
Dogs have eyelashes that are very identical to human eyelashes. Some dogs’ eyelashes can grow very long and will require grooming. This article will teach you all about eyelashes, how to groom and how to care for them.
Do Dogs Have Eyelashes?
Well, indeed, dogs do, in fact, have eyelashes! That’s not all; they have two to four rows of eyelashes on the upper eyelid but none on the lower.
Veterinarian Kevin Kaise of Animal Eye Clinic in Spokane elucidates that, like humans, dogs’ eyelashes are very sensitive to touches, making them tactile organs. Eyelashes help prevent eye injury by telling the eye to close whenever the brain interprets something as harmful.
Can I Cut My Dog’s Eyelashes?
In general, you surely can trim your dog’s eyelashes as part of the grooming process; however, if the eyelashes do not disturb your dog, it would be best just to leave them alone while making sure they don’t get entangled with their fur.
On the other hand, other breeds have eyelashes that won’t stop growing and then trigger issues. These are the dogs that need trimming the most. If you do not adequately care for your dog’s eyelashes, they will irritate and itch the cornea. Whether you need to keep your dog’s eyelashes short or want them long and streaming down their forehead, you may still need to cut them.
Some puppies have the longest eyelashes you’ve ever seen, and they are so adorable. Congratulations if you are a proud owner of one of those cute puppies! However, to maintain and enhance that cute little face, you need to look after them and keep them trimmed and long, but not long enough to irritate your dog.
Should I Trim My Dog’s Eyelashes?
Yes, you should trim your dog’s eyelashes, especially if you notice the lashes getting too long and obstructing your dog’s vision.
Most dogs have short eyelashes, but some long-haired dog breeds have long eyelashes to shield their eyes from dust or dirt trapped in their long fur that could find its way into their eyes.
It is normally up to the owner to decide whether or not to trim the eyelashes, and long-haired dog breeds are more likely to have their eyelashes trimmed.
Some other dog owners could ask the groomer to trim the fur around the eyes and leave the dog’s eyelashes long. This is more a matter of personal taste, but the bottom line is that eyelashes have a vital role in covering your dog’s eyes. So, try to leave them alone or shorten them only to improve the dog’s comfortability.
How to Trim Dogs Eyelashes
If your dog happens to have long eyelashes, read on to know how to trim them.
Your dog will probably be very cautious about you being close to their eyes, specifically with a sharp blade, for example, scissors. You have to get your dog used to the sound as well as the appearance of scissors before you bring it directly close to their eyes. Doing this will help create trust between them, you and, of course, the scissors in your hands. Give your dog treats during trimming and certainly at the end so they can feel good about the whole process.
Remember to regularly check their eyes to ensure that they are looking healthy and are free from any debris.
Do Dog Eyelashes Grow Back?
Of course, yes. When you trim your dog’s eyelashes, they will grow back. It would most likely take a month or so for them to develop back completely or based on the length of the eyelash when fully grown.
Let’s imagine you drop your dog off at the groomer’s, and when you come back to pick him up, you’re surprised to discover that the groomer has trimmed their eyelashes despite your clear instructions that they be left alone. Oh! How frustrating!
Take a chill pill. The damage is already done, but just like the rest of the hairs on their bodies, dogs’ eyelashes can grow back. So, don’t be alarmed because of this; they will regrow in around five or six weeks, and your dog’s eyelashes would be the same length as they were before the overzealous groomer “chopped” them off.
Dog Breeds with Long Eyelashes
As we understood earlier, the majority of dogs have short eyelashes. However, since their eyelashes have a function, their length is determined by their fur, especially to shield them from the long hair that surrounds their eyes.
Longer eyelashes are more common in dog breeds with longer fur. Some of these long-haired breeds include Old English Sheepdog, Cocker Spaniels, Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Lhasa Apsos, Poodles, Shih Tzus, as well as all others with the same kind of long hair.
According to Guinness World Records, the longest eyelash on a dog is 17 cm (6.69 in) and belongs to Ranmaru (Japan), an Australian Labradoodle, as measured in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan, on 4th of September, 2014.
In 2019, a pair of Cocker Spaniels from Italy, named Cloe and Nena became internet sensations with their natural, luscious lashes measuring up to six centimeters long! That was incredible. Their owner, Vittoria Di Castri claimed they were 100% natural.
Dog Eyelash Disorders
Several health issues can arise with dog eyelashes. Here are a few of the common disorders according to The Dog Tale:
It is a condition where hairs from regular follicle locations point in the wrong direction toward the eye and rub against the cornea or inside the eyelid lining. It sometimes happens if a dog has long facial hair or eyelashes or had previous damage to the eye.
Trichiasis is pronounced in juvenile dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds, such as Shih, Pekingese, Pugs, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, and Tzus. Also included are breeds having long hair around their eyes, for example, the American Cocker Spaniel.
Irritation, excessive watering (epiphora), itchiness, blinking or squinting, dark blood vessels of the cornea region and dark pigmentation of the eye, and potential eye inflammation are all signs of trichiasis. Trichiasis also causes tear stains on the fur below the eyes of dogs.
Your vet. may suggest surgery to treat trichiasis.
A distichia is an irregular eyelash that develops in an odd position around the eyelid in some dogs. The meibomian glands, which produce lubricants for the eyes, are one place where the distachia can develop. Despite the lack of eyelashes on the lower eyelids, these irregular hairs may appear on either the upper or lower lid. Distichiasis is the medical term for this disease.
No one knows for sure why some eyelash follicles grow in these unusual locations; but vets believe that the condition is hereditary in some breeds. Some of these breeds include Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Golden Retriever Dachshund, Shetland Sheepdog, Pekingese, Bulldog, Boxer Dog, Boston Terrier, Pug, and Chesapeake Retriever.
Depending on the seriousness of your dog’s distichiasis, symptoms can range from eye discharge, redness and irritation, pain, epiphora (excessive tearing), and excessive blinking.
If you do not treat it on time, the dog’s cornea could become ulcerated and possibly appear bluish. If it’s painful for the dog, they may paw at the affected eye.
Ectopic cilia is a tiny, rigid eyelash that develops from the lower or upper eyelid’s underside. This irregular eyelash grows closer to the eye, causing irritation for every blink.
Excessive tearing, redness, potential discharge, and corneal ulceration are common in dogs with ectopic cilia. These hairs are unnoticeable to the human eye. It’s, therefore, crucial to have the veterinarian examine your dog with a handheld microscope. If your pup does have ectopic cilia, it’s usually treated with surgical removal or possible cryotherapy (cold therapy) under anesthesia.
Do dogs have eyelashes? Yes, dogs do have eyelashes. And there are many breeds with incredibly long lashes. Then, there are some individual dogs with unbelievably long eyelashes. Long enough to enter into the Guinness book of record and be an internet sensation.
Any dog that is very hairy will most likely have long eyelashes, and some short-haired will also have eyelashes; only that they may not be as long as the former.
If you are fur-tunate to have one of these cute hairy friends, then get ready to be a groomer or visit a groomer. You sure want to get them tidied up occasionally. Sometimes, the eyelashes may no longer serve their “cutie” purpose but instead turn into a problem for your dog. In this case, kindly see your vet. for a checkup.