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Interpreting tears correctly: can dogs cry?

When we're sad, tears roll down our faces. Do dogs also cry out of grief? Or what do wet eyes mean in four-legged friends? DeinTierwelt tells you how to correctly interpret tears in your dog.

First things first: Unlike humans, dogs don't cry for emotional reasons. To express feelings, the four-legged friends can, for example, whimper, howl or howl. For example, a pit bull reacted when he saw the scene in "The Lion King" in which Mufasa dies.

In addition, when many dogs are sad, they no longer feel like doing what they normally enjoy.

Means: If your dog is crying, it usually has other reasons. We explain to you:


Watery eyes can - similar to humans - indicate an allergy. Seasonal plants but also certain feed or detergents can cause allergic reactions. If you suspect an allergy in your dog, you should have him checked by the vet. This is how you can find out the cause of this and avoid it. Other signs of allergies include a rash, swelling, sneezing, or coughing.

Blocked tear duct

When the tear ducts are blocked in dogs, tear fluid can overflow. It then looks like the dogs are crying. Medically this is called Epiphora. Because the fur around the eyes is often damp, skin irritation can occur. If the tear ducts remain blocked for a long time, your dog should see a vet.

Inflammation or irritated eyes

Other causes of watery dog ​​eyes are sore or irritated eyes. For example, yellow, slimy or bloody tears indicate eye infections. Often the eyes are then also swollen and red. If you notice these signs, you should get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.

Eye irritation is less dramatic: This happens, for example, if sand or other dirt gets into your dog's eyes. To check, you can carefully lift your dog's eyelids and look for any debris. The eyes should only water until the disruptive factor has been flushed out. You can also gently rinse the eye with cold water. If none of that helps, the same applies here: off to the vet.

Injured cornea

If you find larger particles of dirt in the eye, you should drive to the vet immediately. Then don't try to rinse off the dirt: this could scratch the cornea. This can also happen if your dog injures his eye while romping around with others. Even then, the tears will probably flow. You already guessed it: Better to go to the vet before your dog's eyesight is permanently damaged.

Conclusion: If your dog whimpers a lot or becomes listless as described above, you should be concerned about his emotional health. Watery eyes, on the other hand, indicate physical complaints - and should be examined urgently, preferably by a vet.