Why Do Yorkies Eyes Water So Much?

Let’s talk about Yorkies and their eye-watering ways! As a fellow sister of a Yorkshire Terrier (My mom & dad have one!) I know the struggle all too well. Those big, soulful eyes are adorable, but boy, do they ever leave some serious tear tracks! From reddish-brown stains to constant damp fur, it can be enough to make you wonder if your pup is secretly weeping over existential woes (don’t worry, they’re not…probably).

But seriously, why do Yorkies eyes water so much? Is it allergies, a secret talent for underwater basket weaving, or something more? Buckle up, fellow dog lovers, because we’re about to dive deep into the world of watery Yorkie eyes and uncover the truth behind those glistening peepers!

Why do yorkies eyes water so much?
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Common Causes and Effective Treatments for Your Yorkie's Watery Eyes

Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) can be predisposed to having watery eyes, a condition often related to their breed-specific characteristics and genetics. Several factors contribute to this issue:

1. Facial Structure: Yorkies, like many other toy breeds, have a brachycephalic facial structure with shallow eye sockets. This can lead to issues with tear drainage, causing tears to spill over onto the face rather than draining through the nasolacrimal duct.

2. Hair Irritation: The long hair on their face, especially around their eyes, can irritate the eye area, leading to increased tear production. Regular grooming can help minimize this irritation.

3. Allergies: Yorkies can be prone to allergies, which can manifest as increased tear production among other symptoms. Allergens can include food, pollen, dust, or household chemicals.

4. Blocked Tear Ducts: They can have a genetic predisposition to blocked or narrow tear ducts, preventing tears from draining correctly and leading to watery eyes.

5. Dental Problems: Dental issues, common in smaller breeds due to their crowded teeth, can lead to increased tear production if there’s an infection or inflammation that affects the tear ducts.

Why do yorkies eyes water so much?

Irritation From Long Hair

Let’s not overlook the irritation from long hair. Keep a grooming routine that ensures their hair is short around the eyes to prevent those long locks from starting a watery disaster.

Groom Short Around Eyes

Another pro tip: groom short around the eyes – it’s practically preventive care for Yorkie eyes. This way, you’ll manage secondary infections and keep those tear duct problems at bay, and your dog’s lower lids will thank you.

Stress Or Emotional Causes

Even stress or emotional causes can make those eyes water. Keep their tails wagging, and you’ll see the sparkle return to their tear-stained fur in no time. It might sound simple, but a happy Yorkie is often a healthy Yorkie.

How to Clean Your Yorkie's Watery Eyes And Tear Stains

As a Yorkie sister, I’ve had my fair share of battles with those pesky eye boogers, pus like eye discharge and stubborn tear stains. Here’s a tip straight from my experience – start with a warm damp cloth to gently wipe Yorkie’s eyes.

If you’re dealing with stains, a cotton ball dipped in warm water works wonders. For a deeper clean, I sometimes mix a concoction of peroxide and baking soda, applying it carefully and watching for any signs of skin irritation.

How to Clean Your Yorkie's Watery Eyes And Tear Stains

Dog's Eye Medication Treatment

When it comes to treatment, it’s a whole arsenal out there! From canine eye rinses that flush out loose facial skin to antibiotic eye drops for infections. If your Yorkie’s eyes are a watery mess, don’t just grab the nearest treatment – I’ve learned that treating cloudy eyes and excessive tearing depends on the cause.

Flush your Yorkie's Eyes with a Canine Rinse

For example, reflex tearing due to small tear ducts might just need a good flush with a canine rinse. It’s like a spa day for their eyes, and let me tell you, those little tear glands appreciate the pampering.

Reflex Tearing Due To Small Tear Ducts

Yorkies’ prominent eyes with shallower eye sockets can mean excessive tear production, the tears just don’t drain as they should. Their tiny tear ducts can create enough tears for a matinee drama – excessive, to say the least!

How to Clean Your Yorkie's Watery Eyes And Tear Stains

Epiphora (Excessive Tearing)

Speaking of drama, epiphora or excessive tearing is like the unwanted sequel which can result i stained or smelly fur. If you’ve got watery eye discharge, you might be looking at anything from blocked tear ducts to serious infection, which definitely demands a thorough eye examination.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) A sticky, tenacious eye discharge.

Ironically, too little tear production, aka dry eye, can also lead to watery discharge. Artificial tears or lubricating eye drops can save the day and help manage those dry, irritated eyes. If left untreated, dry eye syndrome could lead to corneal ulcers.

Dry eye can occur due to distemper, injury, an impact near a tear-producing gland, or when the dog’s immune system targets the tear gland tissue itself. A vet would measure tear production to determine Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca.

Eye Infections and Inflammation

Infections are no joke with Yorkies – they can turn from a small cameo role to the main villain of eye problems. Abnormal eyelashes or even flat faced dogs issues, like cherry eye, can cause serious risk, requiring appropriate treatment and sometimes, pain medication.

Why do yorkies eyes water so much?

Trauma and Health Concerns

And, remember, it’s not always about genetics. Trauma and health concerns can also call for a vet visit to prevent complications like complete vision loss — we’re talking about treating anything from serious infections to eye problems before they become full-blown Yorkie eye disasters.

Epiphora (Excessive Tearing) in yorkies

Use An Eyewash or Eye Drops

Sometimes an eyewash or eye drops prescribed by your vet can work to treat conjunctivitis or other symptoms. It’s all about getting those dog’s eyes checked and treating the cause, not just the watery symptoms.

Use Eye Wipes

Those convenient eye wipes are a lifesaver when you’re on the go. I always keep a pack in my Yorkie’s travel bag. They’re perfect for a quick clean-up of tear-stained fur or to remove tear stains or just freshen up those twinkling yorkie eyes.

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High-quality Food and Water

Believe it or not, a dog’s diet, especially poor diets, play a huge role in tear production. High-quality dog food and water make such a difference in their overall eye health. Ever since I improved my Yorkshire terrier’s diet, I noticed less watery discharge and brighter eyes.

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Regular Eye Care

Just like us, regular eye care for your canine companion’s eyes can prevent a ton of issues. A routine that includes wiping those boogers away and checking for any watery discharge or inflammation is essential for keeping your canine companion’s eyes bright.

Regular Health Checks

And last but absolutely not least, regular health checks are non-negotiable. You will want to know what’s behind your dog’s eye discharge.

 You want to catch any eye problems early, from blocked tear ducts to the serious stuff like a protruding eye or dilated pupils.

Yorkie Eyes Watering: Conclusion

In conclusion, it’s all about knowing your pup and recognizing when the yorkie eye discharge needs a little help from you or a professional.

Keep up with the regular eye cares like using a damp cloth, keep an eye on their diet, and treat every issue – even something small like an eye irritation with the seriousness it deserves.

Your dog’s vision and health are worth it! And always remember, you’re not alone on this journey – our Yorkie gang sticks together through thick and thin, tear stains and sparkly eyes alike! 🐶✨


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