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Tearing of eyes and tear stain question

Lillie May

Good Dog
I've been searching through the forum and can't find the answer I'm looking for. Buddie has excessive eye tears and staining from them. I already know there's not a lot you can do about the staining, but what are some causes of excessive eye tears? Allergies or eye problems? Or are there other reasons? Time for a vet trip? Thanks all.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Usually it's indicative of some kind of allergy.

Personally, I wouldn't go to the vet but if you're worried, make an appointment.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
No I'm not worried, but threw it out there in case it was something that should be vet checked. This is the time of year it's worse. I noticed yesterday morning that they teared up right after I'd cleaned around his eyes.

I'll call the vet to see if I should go with Benadryl as needed, or Zyrtec, or a similar one for allergy season. I did get some tear stain remover from the pet store to try. I'm not holding my breath though. Thanks Uno
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
I believe Dr. Karen Becker has a decent write up on her site about tear staining.

I wouldn't worry about the removal drops. It only cosmetic and if you really want to get rid of it, you should alter the diet.
 

bsand

Good Dog
Wow now that you mention it when Remy was on acana pacifica he would get crazy big eye boogers in the morning like 1/2 inch long. Since he's been on Orijen 6 fish that seemed to stop? They were white and thick or green and dried. So I guess its safe to say difference in the food ingridents.? Or enviromental allergies?
 

rjs59

Puppy
My dog had entropic eye lids which caused the majority. Had the surgery done and most of it went away, but what remains is 2 fold,1- the amount of carbs in the food and 2 -also she does have some sort of allergy to the great outdoors and when my allergies act up so do her eyes and we both suffer from pollen issues it seems. The tearing up is minimal compared to before she had the eye surgery where the entropic lids can scratch cornea and as time goes by the dogs eyesight will diminish. I too had more eye mucus from Acana and switched to Orijen and the eye mucus is 10x less with it . Seems that the ratio is 60p/40c vs 80p/20c and the Acana has more potato in it read :yams and 40% carb vs 20 % carb seems to be the reason.When she was fed TOTW,her eyes were really dripping, their feed has a lot more potato than the Acana I found.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
I believe Dr. Karen Becker has a decent write up on her site about tear staining.

I wouldn't worry about the removal drops. It only cosmetic and if you really want to get rid of it, you should alter the diet.
Thanks, I'll look that up. They're on Victor, do you mean add supplements or what? And yes, pollen is messing with my eyes right now too.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Thanks, I'll look that up. They're on Victor, do you mean add supplements or what? And yes, pollen is messing with my eyes right now too.

No I mean it's a symptom of an allergy, IME dietary.

If that's the only symptom and you've gone through hell to get your dog's other allergies under control (which you have), I wouldn't be too worried about some staining and tears.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
No I mean it's a symptom of an allergy, IME dietary.

If that's the only symptom and you've gone through hell to get your dog's other allergies under control (which you have), I wouldn't be too worried about some staining and tears.
Oh, ok thanks Uno. Yeah, they've had allergy issues, I think I didn't put 2+2 together. It makes sense that if the pollen is bothering my eyes, they could also be affected. He's always had the tearing, but it's mild. It bugged me when I cleaned them, and it came right back. Plus I told furdaddy I'd ask on here, HE'S the worrier, wants to haul them off to the vet for everything! :lol:
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
Yea I gotcha. Bentley gets goopy eyes too. I think it's a mild chicken allergy but nothing else is going on and it's not that big of a deal to me. I just wipe his eyes every day or other day or so.
 

bsand

Good Dog
Yea I gotcha. Bentley gets goopy eyes too. I think it's a mild chicken allergy but nothing else is going on and it's not that big of a deal to me. I just wipe his eyes every day or other day or so.
That's what I did with Remy before, but luckily now it's normal dried tiny pieces that he is able to wipe off with his morning yoga.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
That's what I did with Remy before, but luckily now it's normal dried tiny pieces that he is able to wipe off with his morning yoga.
Our husky/shepherd gets some around this time of year, she has a grass allergy. The lab/bull breed mix eyes don't tear, but the whites of his eye turn blood red when the pollen count goes up. Like he's been out on a bender of one kind or another!
 

bsand

Good Dog
Our husky/shepherd gets some around this time of year, she has a grass allergy. The lab/bull breed mix eyes don't tear, but the whites of his eye turn blood red when the pollen count goes up. Like he's been out on a bender of one kind or another!
LOL Remy gets blood shot eyes when he's tired. And I mean it looks like me after a couple shatter dabs.