Red / brown streaks in dog eyes – causes and solutions
Often this problem is seen in white dogs. However, other colors of dogs can suffer from it just as much, only this is not so quickly noticed due to the coat color. How come your dog gets these red / brown stripes under his eyes? Would it really bother him and how do you clean it? You can find an answer to all these questions in this article.
What is tear fluid for?
In principle, a dog cannot cry because of certain emotions. The tear fluid in dogs is there to keep the eye wet and to remove dirt from the eye. Your dog may be producing excess tear fluid that is unable to drain through narrowed tear ducts.
There can be two different causes:
- there is a hair against his eyeball
- the drain is blocked or not properly laid out
Entropion is an inward curled eyelid. It causes irritation and excess tears. Entropion itself is not hereditary, but the length and position of the eyeballs in the sockets, so that heredity still plays a role.
Dogs like Shi-Tzu’s often have somewhat round eyes and chubby cheeks. When the hair starts to grow as a puppy, the hairs, because they are not yet fully grown, can first stand up and touch the eye. This causes the eye to produce more tears. To prevent this, it is better not to cut the hair, then keep cutting because it will initially grow back until it becomes longer / heavier and starts to hang down. It is best to put the hair down with Nivea or something similar and let it grow that long. Once it is long, the dog will not be bothered by it anymore.
We often see watery eyes in short-headed dog breeds. The skulls have become so flat through breeding that the drainage channels for tear fluid are not properly constructed. I wrote another article about these head-headed dogs: Brachycephalic obstructive syndrome.
People often think that it mainly occurs in white dogs, this is because it is easy to see in white dogs. When tear fluid dries up in the coat under the eye, it becomes red / brown in color. If this happens too often because nothing is done about it, the skin under the eye can also become soft and inflamed. The brownish spots are very difficult to clean again after a while.
To the vet
In the case of entropion, the dog will have to go to the vet anyway. He may be able to fix it with ointment, but surgery may be required. The same applies to the closely constructed flue. You can have the vet see if he can possibly insert a tube that will keep it open. However, the risk of surgery with short-headed dogs is so great because they are also not good with a pipe under anesthesia that surgery is often not chosen.
It is therefore always best to consult with your vet about the options for your dog.
Cleaning the eyes
You can clean the dirt yourself as long as it is not absorbed with some boiled water on a cotton swab. Of course you let the water cool down first. Then when it can be cleaned you can smear some petroleum jelly under the eye. Be very careful with this, if necessary ask the dog groomer to do this, it is important that the dog really absolutely not gets into his eye. The tear fluid slips over the coat instead of being able to soak in there.