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Okay...on another maltese forum, I remember someone saying that malts can have hair growing on the inside of their eyelids, causing excess tearing, and thus tearstains. But they also said that corrective surgery for this type of issue is considered strictly a cosmetic issue. I have had Frosty at her vet several times, and even asked the vet about her tearstaining, and he just casually w/o looking at her eyes said that it is very common in malts and is simply nothing to be concerned with. But I think I also remembering from somewhere it being said that the inner hairs can cause the babies some pain with the constant poking of their eyes. So my question is this, what is the truth regarding this, and what is the best course of action to take for my Frosty?
Thanks for everyone's time & knowledge!
Angie
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My daughters dog, Shakira, had this and the poor thing was in agony until we were able to get in to see a specialist who then did the surgery to correct the problem. Shakira is not a maltese...a good old fashioned mutt...but the doctor actually showed me with the magnifier how this was scratching the cornea of her eye. And it was very clear that this was hurting her because she would not open her eye unless absolutely neccesary. This is not something that she had all along...one day she started to have problems with the eye (to be honest I first thought it was the groomer), we took her to the vets imediately and they gave antibiotic oitment and a numbing agent so that she was more comfortable until we could get in to the specialist.

The surgery was not cheap...I think it cost us $1500 but that is nothing compared to what it was doing to her. The doctor was also able to tell that she did not have good eyesight with all the testing he did.

I can't imagine any Vet saying that the dog could live with it...think about having your own eyelashes inside your eye...one kills us...imagine them growing that way.

Poor thing.

Keep us informed.

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I would get a new vet. This is something thats very painfull and irratating to their eyes. It can lead to permanent damage( Cateracts) & scarring to the eye. I think,I read that. But if my vet said that without checking ,that would be the last visit I every had with him. Good luck & keep us posted.
 

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At the time that I had asked about the tearstaining, I wasn't very concerned and did not know about the inner hair. I just got off the phone with the vet, and they want me to get her in tommorrow so they can check and see if there is really hair growing inside or if I am mistaken. So I will let you know after the visit tommorrow. Thanks for the replies!
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Good luck at the vet!
Just another thought for you, one of my dog's is missing tear ducts, so his tears just constantly run down his face instead of draining. If I don't make it a habit to dry his face he gets all stained.
 

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The vet visit went very well! She did discover that Frosty does have a couple of lashes growing inward towards the eyes, but none actually inside the eyelid. She was very thorough looking at her eyes, spending about 10 minutes concentrating on nothing but Frosty's eyes. She said that her eyes are not irritated, they are not red, aggravated with ulcers, and she isn't doing any squinting as in pain. Since this is not bothering her, she recommends that for now I simply make sure that I keep the hair around her eyes trimmed back, and monitor her situation, watching for further indications that it may be causing discomfort or irritation. But she did decide that Frosty has allergies...something that there were some behaviors that weren't consistent, but definitely when added together made sense. She would rub her face on the carpet quite often, but has done this for some time, it has just increased recently though. Also, she has recently began licking her paws, but only at times immediatly following trips out on the grass. We have begun treatment for the allergies, and the small amount of hair growing inward has been noted on her chart, so if in the future we have anymore issues, we will be immediately going on to a specialist.
Thanks for all the replies!
 
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