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Update on Lucy

Lucy had an appt at the vet yesterday; she'll be 4 months old thus week. She weighed 5 lbs 15 oz. The Dr. mentioned she didn't have any pigment in her third eyelid, is this a problem it flaw? She also said I should trim the hair in the corner if her eyes, that it could scratch the cornea. She even offered to do it there in the office for me. I told her I'd take care of it later myself. I've been told here to not cut. Right?
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Good to hear she is doing great and growing!! we need pictures!!

Third eyelid? huh? LOL what is THAT!? I was one of the ones that had her groomed when she was around 7 months and they DID trim around her eyes and I have let the hair grow out since and she has never had any problems. If I see she does have some hair in her eyeball, I just hold her head and pull it out of the way and then comb it back into place.

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I would not trim the hair. I read once you cut you always have to cut but that was not the case with Lizzie. She did have hers cut and it never bothered her growing in. Now it is long.

I knew cats had third lids but did not realize dogs did, too. I would not worry about lack of pigment. Who sees the third lid anyway!

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Dogs do have a third eyelid and if you have a "goggle eye" (granddaughter calls them that) dog like a Boston, Pug, Tzu, when they have an eye injury there is often big time swelling so the vet will sew this closed. I don't know if lack of pigment in the eyelid is a problem. Its really hard to remember to ask the vet these things at the time we are told, maybe you could call back and leave a message for the Vet, so you will not worry.

As for the hair in the corner of the eye it depends on how it grows if it is corse and rubbing the eye all of the time...that can be a problem. One thing you might try is sending a picture and asking her breeder what they think. Sometimes Vets advise people on their experience and many times they are geared toward bad grooming habits.

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I think third eyelids are in all dogs, but they are in the ones I've had. The only time it is noticable is if the wind is blowing they extend to help keep dirt and other stuff out of the eye, or if the dog has large ones. I had one dog, as a puppy had an extended 3rd eyelid that was white and it looked funny. As she grew, it receded and you couldn't see it.

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