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vikki
7th June 2007, 08:09 PM
I know tearing is common. my 15 week old pup does tear but today is tearing a bit more from one eye and it is a tad red. I was thinking this may be due to teething as well. is there anything I can do for her so that she doesn't tear as much. do they tear as a result of their backgrounds. why do the smaller dogs tear I don't think any of the bigger breeds I had did this? how much is too much tearing. thanks for the info

Caraline
8th June 2007, 03:01 AM
Hi Vikki

I am no expert on this but I think there are many reasons for tearing. It can be caused by food allergies, allergies to pollens & stuff in the environment, simple irritants as opposed to allergies.

I don't know why tearing is so prevalent in little dogs, but one theory I have is that because they are so small, it is just more noticable. When I look at the size of the eyeball of my 40 kilogram Boxer, it isn't much bigger than the eyeball of my Cavaliers, but the eyelids are bigger & fleshier & of course the head is about 4 times larger. So the same volume of tearing would just be a little speck in the corner of my Boxers eye but it would be a river in my little Cavaliers. Also, the smaller breeds often more more protruding eyes.

I don't have any sage advice about how to get rid of it. When we adopted Sonny he had a lot of tearing, but once I switched his food this went away. That was by good luck, not by any great knowledge on my part. Thankfully none of my other dogs have tearing. Ironically, both my husband & I suffer from chronic hayfever and we are the ones with tearing.... no stains though. :razz:

vikki
8th June 2007, 04:03 AM
thanks for the info. think your insights are right on with the size comparisons, I never thought of that. thanks again