Teary Eyes: Is My Golden Retriever Crying?
Dogs are extremely expressive when it comes to emotions and let you know exactly how they feel.
When they’re feeling playful, they wag their tails to show that they’re friendly, the sneeze when they’re play-fighting with us to ensure that we know they’re only playing, they lick you to express their love, and make a puppy-dog face when they’re being scolded.
Having a dog around is really fun.
In this blog post, we will answer the question, “Do dogs cry?” and go through it in as much detail as we can.
Let’s get started.
While humans and dogs share 86% of their genes, they still aren’t wired the same way.
We cry when we’re feeling really sad and shed tears which are a telltale sign. However, depending on their breed, some dogs do tear up but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re sad.
Dogs let you know that they’re sad by whimpering.
Yes, that’s the noise they make when they want you to wake up in the morning, or let you in the house, or have dinner.
Dogs whimper when they’re feeling sick, sad, or are hurt. If your dog whimpers without you being able to pinpoint what the problem is, you should consult the vet as soon as possible.
When your dog is whimpering, you should try and comfort him and show him a lot of affection. If your dog is wounded, tend to those wounds and seek medical attention if necessary.
All mammals have tear ducts even if they don't necessarily need them as such.
For some dogs, the overactivity of the tear ducts may be caused due to epiphora. This is when the tear ducts get blocked causing your dog’s tears to flow down his eyes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog is sad.
While few breeds are prone to getting this condition as it is not an uncommon one. And, all breeds can get this condition.
This isn’t something that should alarm you as it doesn't necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your furry friend. Other reasons include:
- Allergic reactions: Just like you get tears in your eyes due to allergies, so does your doggy friend. This could include things like smoke, pollen, dust, etc. You should immediately consult a vet if you suspect an allergy
- Scratched Cornea: Rough play and other activities resulting in a scratched cornea could also be the reason why your dog has tears running down his cheek
- Dirt: Tears in your dog’s eyes could also be caused due to something as simple as dirt that found its way into your dog’s eye…
- Infections: Tears can also be due to eye infections that can turn out to be extremely severe if not kept in check
Dogs aren’t too different than humans in many respects as they feel and express their emotions and let us know exactly how they’re feeling.
Golden Retrievers express the emotion of sadness by whimpering but do not shed tears unless that there’s something wrong with them. Dogs and humans aren’t wired the same way and tears in a dog’s eyes may be due to:
- Blocked tear ducts
- An infection
- Scratched cornea
Even though tears in a dog’s eyes aren’t necessarily a big deal, you should take your dog to the vet if the problem persists for a long time.
Do you still have questions? Leave them in the comments section and we’ll help you right out!