Excessive tearing can occur as a result of irritation to your dog’s eyes or because your dog’s tears are not draining properly.

Just as your eye waters if a speck of dust blows into it, dogs’ eyes will make tears when irritated to flush away anything harmful. When the eyes are continually irritated, this can lead to chronic tearing that produces stains. Conditions that might irritate the eye include dog eye infections, glaucoma, eyelash or eyelid problems, add corneal ulcers/scratch to the surface of the eye.

In a normal dog eye, there are small holes that drain tears away from the eye and down the throat. A variety of dog eye problems can affect this drainage, causing excessively watery eyes.

Short-nosed dog breeds, such as Shih-tzu, Pekingese, and pug, are prone to excessive tearing because they often have shallow eye sockets or hair growth in skin folds around the eyes that cause problems. Also, cocker spaniels and poodles are more likely than other breeds to have blocked tear ducts.


Tips on how to remove tear stains on your dog’s face

A quick daily “face grooming” will go a long way in keeping those stains at bay. Some tips:

  • Flush eyes with an appropriate canine eyewash, such as saline eye-wash solutions or Terra Septic eye drops.
  • Use an eye wash wipe and rub underneath and around the eye area.
  • Wash the muzzle hair with dry shampoo or waterless shampoo and a wet washcloth. You may also try 3% hydrogen peroxide on a paper towel. Comb and blow-dry afterwards.

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