Excessive Tearing of the Eyes in Pets

Certain breeds are more disposed to excessive tearing of the eyes.

Excessive tearing of the eyes of pets can have many potential causes. Allergies and viral/bacterial infections are certainly potential contributing factors.  Foreign bodies in the eyes such as plant or grass material may also occur.  In some pets, anatomic problems such as inversion of the eyelids or ingrown eye lashes or hairs are possible factors as well.   Scratches of the cornea can be quite painful and may cause sensitive eyes and secondary eye tearing.  Finally in some pets, especially the toy breeds, clogged tear ducts may also be involved in excessive eye tearing.

Treatment of excessive tearing involves differentiating the underlying potential causes listed above.  A veterinary exam is usually required to help guide specific treatment of any eye condition. In many cases, topical antibiotics may be necessary to control potential bacterial infections.   Surgical correction of anatomic defects or clogged tear ducts may also be necessary.   Products such as Angels’ Eyes can also help with tear staining in those toy breeds predisposed.

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  1. I have a 10 & 8 yr. old havanese that never had eye staining till they both developed dry eye. I have tried angel eyes ,tylan & few others nothing has worked.Do you have any suggestions or is this now hopeless. They eat an excellent food with no grains

  2. I have a 10 & 8 yr. old havanese dogs. Both have dry eye & since that has happened they both have terrible eye stains. I have used angel eyes, tylan & other products. Even put them on an oral anti-biotic. Nothing has helped. I don’t understand this. Any help would be soooo appreciated

  3. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Sometimes dogs with these type of eye problems can be helped with a more holistic approach through diet and supplements, especially to support the liver. Try feeding natural diet, preferably raw meat based diet such as natures variety from 1800petmeds or if this not possible, then low carb natural diet like wysong epigen diet. also support liver with supplements such as denamarin from 1800petmeds, and digestive enzymes like naturevet enzymes.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Working with a vet homeopath also may be helpful. To learn more about homeopathy, see http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets offer phone consultations.

  5. I have done the raw diet. They get nutravets plus other supplements. They eat an excellent food Great Life no grain. Distilled water Nothing has helped. They have also had digestion enzymes. I see a holistic doc & she is researching this also. These were 2 show dogs so you can see why I cant believe this has happened. Also their eyes look remarkable my optomologist said

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Sounds like you are doing everything possible. May be worth while to consider classical constitutional homeopathy to see if it can help with this chronic symptom.

  7. I have a 10 yr old white Swiss shepherd, Doberman, huskey, malamute mix. He recently started tearing excessively in his right eye. Nothing seems to be in there, but it does look like his cornea may have been scratched (possibly by our pit/rot/healer mix puppy).
    He has been rubbing it for a couple of days and I have cleaned it out at least twice a day. Now he has developed a cough which then results in him gagging. Could these be related and what is the proper form of treatment? Can the cornea repair itself? I should also tell you when he was 2 1/2 he was diagnosed with advanced liver disease. He is on diretics and hepatic ls food by royal canin. Thanks for any guidance you can provide.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Your pet needs a full evaluation and blood work and/or x rays for proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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