Why all the Weepy Eyes in Dogs?!
There are many causes of weeping eyes in dogs such as food intolerance issues, chemicals stressors (often from products such as chemical flea and worm treatments or needless annual boosters), physical issues as a result of breeding, conjunctivitis and debris.
However, of all these, by far the most common reason is due to internal inflammation resulting from something the dog is eating. The reason being that the tear ducts are a big exit point unwanted gunk from the body. This is important. Most of us believe that if we eat something that doesn’t agree with us we will vomit or get diarrhoea. While this is certainly the case, few of us realise that the skin (zits), ears (wax) and eyes (tears), together, are a bigger emitter of toxic garbage from the body, and which avenue an animal tends to “choose” is very individual. That said, some dogs seem to suffer more weeping eyes than others. Often these are small, whiter-coated breeds, who also happen to be the most wheat gluten intolerant.
When the body eats something it doesn’t like (wheat gluten or something else), the problem material hangs around the gut causing problems. Simply put, the body doesn’t like this so sends out the immune-soldiers (antibodies) via the blood en masse to clear it all up. The affected area (the gut in this case) swells with blood and antibodies and garbage collected, causing inflammation. The body now ejects all this garbage out one of the exit points. If you’re reading this we can assume in your dog’s case, it is out via the tear ducts.
Thus, while it is apparent your dog has an eye issue it may very well be an internal gut-related issue causing the problem. We know this is true as you have tried so many products, over and over, but it never goes away. The weeping eyes always comes back as you keep feeding them the problem.
For weepy eyes in dogs, as with so many other conditions, it is not what you can put IN to stop symptoms you are seeing but you take OUT to reduce inflammation that cause these symtoms.
Dr. Conor Brady
The Simple, Natural Solution to Most Weeping Eyes in Dogs…
The most common, eye-watering antigens in dogs are wheat (also barley and rye), dairy and unnecessary chemicals (chemical flea and worm control, annual boosters) from your dog’s life. Ideally, remove all dry and canned dog food (wheat based), dental sticks (wheat based) and any food item with a picture of a dog on it, to be honest! If it’s processed or in a packet, cut it out for awhile.
The cure is a biologically appropriate, fresh diet. If you cannot achieve this then make great efforts to remove ALL wheat from their life and move to a wheat free dry food and treat plan (though studies show even if they state there’s no wheat on the label study show it’s often in there accidentally as they are made in the same factory).
Weepy Eyes is the Cause of Tear Staining / Red Fur in Dogs
A common issue that results from all the damp fur is staining. There are two causes of this. The first is the simple collection of minerals and gunk from the discharge over time, like the stain on the wall from a gutter. This is a stubborn stain to remove on white coated breeds but it is often accomplished with some clever washing, to a point. The below mix will certainly help. For stubborn stains you’ll need to consult your local groomer for advice. Groomers are great. They’ll give them a nice do and they’re fingers give your dog a great health check. And they’re a mine of unbiased info.
Another common issue is “red fur”. This results from a red fungi (Malassezia pachydermatithat) which thrives in damp conditions. It is the same red fur fungus that pops up between over-licked toes and over-licked bum / vaginal areas. It’s no real harm, just unattractive. Apple cider vinegar is an easy and effective way of killing this fungus but remember you must stop the eyes leaking or it will grow back.
Remedy For Clearing Eye Stains in Dogs
- One cup of warm water
- Dash of hydrogen peroxide
- 2 egg cups of apple cider vinegar (dries out the region)
- Healthy dash of Tea Tree
This makes for a very low grade antiseptic and acid solution. Acid sounds scary but it’s simply the term for something with a pH below 7. This mixture is quite acidic due to the vinegar so keep it away from eyeballs. Leave on for a few mins then wash off with warm water. This cure is more effective than any of the over-priced creams and ointments available for dogs.
Clear Discharge Versus Greeny Discharge
Importantly the discharge resulting from the ingestion of problem proteins will be clear. Green or yellow discharge (from eyes, nose or throat) indicates there’s an infection afoot.
Conjunctivitis in Dogs
Conjunctivitis is a bacterial infection of the eye. They eye will appear red and inflamed. Sometimes the eyelids seal shut with all the green goo coming out. Now depending on the state of your dog (a mild case being a red, itchy eye, maybe a little goo if you caught it late and a severe case being two sealed eyes and obvious discomfort), you may need a vet. Only you can make this decision and when in doubt you never regret going. That said, conjunctivitis is no biggie, and the majority of cases are caught early enough. For these cases use green tea bags. The tea bag acts like a poultice, sucking out the badness while green tea itself is an excellent antioxidant.
Dampen the tea bag in warm water and press on to the eye for say 20 seconds. They will enjoy this (certainly if you treat them after each dab…). Repeat this two or three times ensuring to throw away the tea bag each time as it contains baddies. New tea bags for each dab, certainly for each eye (if you’re cash strapped).
If you want to ramp up the effectiveness of your tea bag remedy, add a few power herbs to the water that you are dunking in. I strongly recommend a few drops of Eyebright or Goldenseal, the GREATEST eye herbs out there. A drop of Tea Tree oil which is the worlds greatest antiseptic, throw that in. And while you’re at it Calendula is a great anti-inflammatory, if you can find it in drop form!!! Use your green tea bag to apply.
Oculus Prime Cures Weeping Eyes in Dogs…Or Your Money Back…
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Recommended Daily Dosage:
- Small Dogs & Cats (Up to 10 kg) 1 scoop per day (scoop included)
- Medium Dogs (10 – 20 kg) 1 to 2 scoops
- Large Dogs (20 kg+) 2 scoops +
If you’d like to know more about the most common food causes to so many health issues in dogs then consider checking out our Natural Dog Seminar on 23rd April. Today is the last day to avail of two tickets for €90. Normal price per ticket (3 speakers and sit down lunch) is €50.