What to Do If Your Dog Has Excessive Tearing and Eye Drainage

If you’re like me, your dog is a beloved member of the family. That means that you take care to keep him healthy and happy. Part of doing so involves paying attention to his eyes, which can sometimes be prone to conditions like excessive tearing and drainage.

Consult your vet.

If your dog has excessive tearing, it’s best to go straight to your vet.

Your veterinarian is the best person to diagnose and treat your dog’s eye issues. They can help you find the right treatment for your pup, as well as give advice on how best to manage their condition. Your vet may also be able to refer you to other specialists if more care is needed. If they do recommend a referral, consider getting a second opinion from another veterinary professional before continuing with treatment plans that were given by someone else.

Pay attention to potential eye irritants.

When dogs have excessive tearing and eye drainage, it’s important to pay attention to potential irritants in the environment. Things like dust, pollen and smoke can cause irritation if they’re inhaled or they get in the dog’s eyes. It may also be a sign of an infection or allergy in your pet’s eyes or even injuries such as scratches from branches while playing outside.

Seek veterinary attention as soon as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms.

  • Excessive tearing or eye drainage. This may be a sign that your dog has a corneal ulcer, which is caused by trauma to the eye or an autoimmune disease.
  • Redness or discharge from one or both eyes. If it’s just coming from one eye, it could be an infection such as conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”) or dry eye syndrome. But if it’s coming from both eyes, then your dog might have double vision (also known as diplopia).
  • Swollen eyelids and/or redness around them. This can indicate that there’s irritation in the cornea, which is usually caused by trauma to the head (such as being hit with a toy), allergies, or other irritants such as pollen and dust indoors; rubbing against something solid like furniture; getting dirt in their eyes while playing outdoors!
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Reduce the moisture in his environment.

If your dog has excessive tearing and eye drainage, there are a few things you can do to reduce the moisture in his environment. One of these is to keep the air dry. You may think that keeping him outside in the rain is good for him, but it will just make his eyes worse.

Another thing you can do to reduce the moisture in your pet’s environment is not leave him in a steamy bathroom or humid room. This will also help with eye irritation and infections. If you have an air conditioner, keep it on during summer months when you’re home so that he doesn’t overheat or get too cold if left alone for long periods of time indoors.

Keep external irritants out of his eyes.

It’s important to keep your dog’s environment clean. If he has an itchy eye condition, he may want to lick his fur, paws, legs, tail, nose and/or ears. This can introduce bacteria into the eyes and irritate them even more.

Watch for signs he might be rubbing at his eyes with his paws or legs, which may indicate a need for further action.

If your dog is showing signs of excessive tearing, you should also look for additional signs that he may be having trouble with his eyes. Such signs include:

  • Rubbing at the eye with paws or legs. This can be a sign of discomfort, but it can also be a sign of something else going on in the eye. If your dog is rubbing his eye, take him to see a veterinarian as soon as possible so they can diagnose any problems and treat them appropriately.
  • Excess tearing during nap time or while resting. If your dog is constantly wiping away tears during these times, but only seems to have this problem when resting, talk to a vet about how best to help him out.
  • Pawing at the eyes or squinting may also indicate pain or irritation from excessive tear production. These are both symptoms worth discussing with your vet about (and if you’ve noticed both happening together).
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Clean his eye carefully with a cotton ball soaked in warm water, then call your vet to schedule an examination.

When your dog has excessive tearing and eye drainage, the first thing to do is to clean his eye carefully with a cotton ball soaked in warm water. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe away any excess moisture from around his eyes.

After you’ve cleaned your dog’s eyes, call your vet as soon as possible for an examination. Excessive tearing and eye drainage can be caused by many conditions that need veterinary attention right away!

If you think your dog may have a medical condition, don’t wait to consult with your veterinarian!

If you think your dog may have a medical condition, don’t wait to consult with your veterinarian! You can’t diagnose a medical condition, treat a medical condition, prevent a medical condition, cure a medical condition or predict the outcome of a medical condition. You can’t predict the progression of a medical condition either.

The best way to keep your dog’s eyes healthy is by making sure his eye drainage isn’t due to an underlying medical condition and that you’re removing any irritants from his environment. If you suspect he might have an infection or other injury, don’t wait to seek treatment. The sooner a condition is treated, the better off your dog will be in the long run.