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Posted by: Feldtie | 2007/12/20

Maltese with tearing eyes

Hi my maltese dissappeared during October - we found him 5 days later with a fractured hip. His hip has since healed well but his eyes are constantly wet with tears. What is the course of this? Could it be due to stress?

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It could be conjunctivitis or sometimes the tear ducts can become blocked and then the tears flow over the lids and down the face. Please have your vet check them over.

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Posted by: Chill | 2007/12/21

Glad you found your dog back, especially since the poor thing was injured.

He may have picked up an infection while he was gone, and possibly this has affected his tear ducts. You could get your vet to check this out, especially if the eyes seem irritated or bother him. But if it's just tears, then clean his eyes with boiled, cooled water on a little pad of cotton-wool (see below), making sure you use a CLEAN FRESH pad every time, since eye infections are very easy to perpetuate. Do this several times a day. You could add a tiny bit of boracic acid powder to the water, but don't use this long-term unless your vet tells you. Avoid over-the-counter drops or remedies, except 'artificial tears' which don't contain medication.

** a nice convenient and very economical way to use cotton wool: take a roll of cotton wool and unroll a bit, and use scissors to cut it into convenient size squares - say, about 5 cm square. Then, having washed your hands first, wet the squares, and squash the water out between your palms, and then separate the layers of cotton wool into THIN little bits, and spread them out on a clean towel to dry before storing them in a clean jar. Each square can be split into at least 8 or 10 thin bits, and being so thin you don't waste whatever ointment (or cosmetic) you are applying to soak a whole thick wad which you then throw away. They're also convenient to wrap around a finger to clean the outer parts of ears, etc.

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