Tears are not a bad thing. It gives a smooth optical surface, lubricates the eyes, and wash debris away. Excessive water production in the eyes is from allergies, foreign materials, and underlying eye problems.
Why Do Yorkies’ Eyes Water So Much?
Yorkies are born with abnormal eyelids, thus making them more prone to excessive tearing. A Yorkie’s eyelids are positioned in a way that makes them more prone to eye issues.
Know the reasons behind your Yorkie’s watery eyes in this article. I will also write about the diagnosis and treatment of watery eyes.
The Watery Discharge From A Yorkie’s Eyes
The natural position of their eyelashes mainly causes frequent water discharge from a Yorkie’s eyes.
Unlike other breeds, a Yorkie’s lashes grow out of their eyelid’s edges next to the meibomian gland.
And because of their abnormal eyelashes, they have increased contact with ducts and the eye surface.
The direct contact they have with ducts, and eye surface leads to multiple eye problems. It includes corneal abrasions and tearing.
To prevent unwanted watery discharge from the eyes, a Yorkie must have a clean eye surface.
After bathe and cleaning, be sure to blow-dry the hair near the eye area.
While traveling, roll your windows up to avoid foreign materials landing in the eyes of your Yorkie.
Distichia is the term for the abnormal eyelash grown in Yorkies. It means that small hairs grow in the wrong direction along the eyelid.
It is one of the abnormalities a Yorkie strongly inherits from their parents.
Some abnormal eyelashes are soft in nature and do not cause any irritation.
But because of the Yorkie’s constant eye rubbing, they accidentally rub on the sensitive eye tissue. It will then cause eye irritation and inflammation.
Distichia can also cause ulcers, scar tissue, and wounds. Your pet will experience tearing, squinting, rubbing, and sometimes causes them not to open their eyes.
The hair is tiny, and most likely, you won’t see any of it.
Because of how tiny the hairs are, it’s really hard to detect if your Yorkie is suffering from distichia.
Bring your pet to the vet to be examined, diagnosed, and treated.
Epiphora or excessive tearing is the result of several underlying eye issues.
It can result from abnormal eyelashes, allergies, corneal ulcers, eye pain, and more.
Yorkies are prone to epiphora because they have abnormal eyelashes, and they are a breed that strongly inherits eye problems.
Epiphora will be accordingly treated. Antibiotics and steroids are for tear duct inflammatory treatment, while topical medication and antibiotics are used for cornea damage.
Yet, in severe cases, surgery will be the way for treatment.
Your Yorkie will be under anesthesia while an instrument will be inserted into the duct to flush out contents.
But only if proven that the nasolacrimal duct is blocked. In some cases, the Yorkie’s lacrimal puncta will fail to open during its development.
When that happens, surgery will happen to open the lacrimal puncta.
A dry eye is a tenacious eye discharge in your Yorkie. It is the result of a failed production of eye-cleansing tears.
When your Yorkie is experiencing watery eyes from dry eyes, you may notice mucus and inflammation in the eyes.
But, it may be the result of injury, or just their body’s immune system attacking their tear gland tissue.
Irritation is a serious threat to a Yorkie who has dry eyes.
It will inflict pain, eye inflammation, and ulcers on the cornea. Both excessive and lack of tears in a dog will make the dog scratch their eyes too often.
A Yorkie that develops yellow-green pus, mucus, and excessive watery eyes can be a sign of conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis can be from various reasons such as injury, allergies, birth defects, and tear duct problems.
Some other indicators of conjunctivitis are frequent blinking, squinting, very red eyes, and inflammation.
Your Yorkie needs to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
The veterinarian will examine your Yorkie to find the leading cause of conjunctivitis.
Pain reliever medication will be given to your pet to remove the irritant and soothe the areas. Saline and antibiotic will manage the infection – but surgery is not yet off the table.
Diagnosis For Watery Eyes
Excessive tearing is a clear indication of serious eye issues in a Yorkie.
Do not wait for another week to have your pet checked by the vet.
The veterinarian will ask for some information, such as how long the eyes have been watering.
If you notice your dog continually pawing their eyes, they are giving you a sign that they are in pain.
A topical anesthetic will be applied directly to the Yorkie’s eyes to make them numb before the examination.
This examination is set to check for any foreign objects or scratches to assess tear drainage.
The veterinarian will also check on your pet’s eyes to evaluate corneal damage, nasolacrimal duct function, and tear production.
Recovery From Watery Eyes In Yorkies
After treatments, the vet will require to follow up check-ups in the case of epiphora.
They will conclude a complete resolution of the secondary problem.
Recurrent intermittent series of conditions of excessive tearing is not uncommon.
Even if you feel like your Yorkie is back to normal, you should still do what the vet tells you to.
The veterinarian will confirm if your dog is okay and has been thorough and sufficient treatment and therapy. Yet, take note that several flushing may be required in most cases.
Tips For Your Yorkies
Yorkies are naturally energetic toy dogs. They are fun and relaxing to have in your household.
However, they are very sensitive, especially in the eye area. For this reason, having a regular veterinarian visit and grooming is important.
Their breeds are not resistant to foreign objects because of how their lashes abnormally grow. Cleaning the Yorkie’s surrounding is also a great way to reduce the risk of eye infections.
It is also important to keep the hair out of a Yorkie’s eyes. You can do this by trimming it short, by tying it up with a hair tie or by using a hair clip.
You also want to clean away eye boogers whenever you see them in your Yorkie’s eyes. They are usually harmless, but could get infected and cause problems. Plus, they are ugly.
To conclude, only your veterinarian could confirm the reasons behind your Yorkie’s excessive tearing.
Symptoms for different eye issues are almost the same. Thus only examinations could tell the truth. Once you notice a change in your Yorkie’s eyes, immediately visit the vet for diagnosis and treatment.