Can Dogs Cry?

Do Dogs Cry?

We all know that dogs can howl, yip, and whine, but do dogs cry in the same way that we humans do? After all, dogs are incredibly empathetic creatures. At some point, you may have seen your dog with watery eyes or even seen your dog shed a tear. While we humans can cry for emotional reasons, dogs do not. Dogs use other means, such as a happy wagging tail or sad, pinned back ears to express their emotions.

So what does it mean when you see your dog “crying”? There are several reasons why you will see your dog shedding some tears and what it means.

Allergies

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Just like humans, your dog can have allergies that are seasonal or caused by other factors like laundry detergent or food ingredients. If you suspect that allergies are the reason why your dog is crying, take him to the vet to run some tests in order to eliminate the allergens.

Blocked Tear Ducts

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Just like humans, dogs have tear ducts to help keep the eye functioning and healthy. Unlike humans, whose tear ducts push tears out, dogs’ tear ducts drain the liquid back towards the nasal area of the throat and nose. If your dog has blocked tear ducts, the tears may drip outwards, like when humans cry. This eye discharge is known as epiphora. If your dog has epiphora, the fur around their eyes will be damp and can lead to skin irritation or have brown, reddish fur circling the eyes. Bring your dog to the vet if symptoms of blocked tear ducts persists for some time.

Infection

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If your dog is crying out yellow, mucus-filled, or bloody tears instead of clear ones, it is a strong indication your dog has an eye infection. Other symptoms of eye infections include swelling in the eye area or redness in the eye. If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is imperative to take them to the vet ASAP.

There Is Dirt Or Dust In Your Dog’s Eye

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Another reason your dog may be crying is simply because she has an irritant in her eye. In this case, tears should only last as long as it takes to get the speck of dirt or dust out of her eye.

A Scratched Cornea

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Another reason your dog may cry is because of a scratched cornea. Scratched corneas are more common in active, playful dogs who may have been swiped by another dog during play. If your dog’s eye is tearing and he keepspawing at his eye, take him to the vet to prevent serious vision damage due to a scratched cornea.

Just because your dog does not cry emotionally does not mean that he does not have ways to express sadness. When dogs experience feelings of pain, loss, or sadness, they show it through vocalizations such as howling, whimpering, and whining. They may also withdraw from activities they normally enjoy.

Does your dog cry? Have you discovered the cause, and if so, what course of action are you taking to insure your dog’s eye health is in top condition? Let us know in the comments.

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