Excessive Tearing of the Eyes in Pets
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.