Dogs have become valuable members of modern society. They are the best pets around, and some are trained to be military or police dogs. Their superb sense of smell is utilized in medical fields, and one has even gone to space!
Whether dogs are pets or hard workers, they faithfully commit their lives to their owners. As a result, they are treated as genuine family members and friends. So in return, dogs deserve not only to be loved but also to be fully understood when they are not feeling well. Being aware of why and how they cry is the least that we can do for these loyal friends.
Why is my dog crying?
The main reason dogs cry is communication. Crying may seem excessive to us, but since dogs can’t talk, it is one of the few methods of communication they have. But what are they saying? Dogs typically cry to say they want something. Sure, they have other languages like barking, snarling, and howling, but crying sends a sharp alarm to the owner.
Some common causes of tears in dogs
There are many common causes of tears in dogs that do not necessarily involve the feelings or emotions of the pet. Dogs cry or whine when they:
- Want to eat food
- Feel distraught or stressed
- Are seeking attention or affection
- Feel bored
Dogs pestered by allergies could also cry or shed tears. They may be sensitive to certain things that can trigger an allergic reaction. And dogs have no way to avoid them since they cannot discern the cause and effect of allergies. It is up to the owner to help the pet. The dog’s environment must be kept clean and dust-free if your furry friend is prone to allergic fits.
Blocked tear ducts
Sometimes, dogs’ tear ducts can become blocked. This is known as epiphora. Blocked tear ducts can cause tears flowing from the eye or dampness around the area.
A dog’s tear ducts don’t work the same way ours do. When our eyes produce tears, they run down our faces or drip off the ends of our noses. When dogs cry, their faces are designed to guide the tears back into their nasal cavity. The main function of tearing up is to keep the eyes clean from dirt that will irritate the eyes’ surface.
As a responsible dog owner, we know your pooch’s health is one of the most important aspects of canine care. If your pet is not behaving as it usually does, it may be due to bacterial or viral infection.
Neglected allergies or blocked tear ducts can cause crying on their own, but they can also lead to additional infections. Signs of infection include:
- Pawing at the eyes
- Swollen eyelids
Scratched corneas commonly happen with active dogs that enjoy lots of outdoor activities. When dogs are really into friendly sibling brawls and chasing each other, scratched corneas can happen. The reason this is common is that dogs can’t protect their eyes very well.
Although scratched corneas are common, the severity varies from case to case. If your dog appears to have irritated eyes for multiple days, take them to a veterinarian to confirm whether there is an issue.
Speck of dirt
Another reason for dog tears is dirt getting into the eyes. This can happen to any dog with the habit of digging through soil or diving into bushes. Just like with humans, a dog’s body will first react to dirt in the eye by tearing up. Since this is a common and relatively harmless reason for dog’s crying, wait to see if your furry friend’s tears go away on their own before taking them to the vet.
Why crying occurs in dogs
As we’ve seen, there are many reasons why a dog may cry. While some of the issues (like dirt in the eye) will easily resolve themselves, others (such as a bacterial infection) require medical attention. When in doubt, it is never a bad idea to take your dog to the vet for peace of mind.
Prevention of crying
Since there are multiple causes for dog crying, prevention isn’t always possible. However, you can minimize the chance of infections and irritants in the eye by keeping your dog groomed and regularly bathed.
As soon as crying starts, monitor your dog and their conditions to assess where the problem lies. The more quickly you start to watch your dog, the easier it will be to take action. Regular trips to the vet before there is ever an issue is also a great way to keep your pooch in the best possible health.
Other problems that might cause dog crying
We’ve mentioned why dogs tear up, but what about whining and whimpering? There are countless reasons why dogs may whine. If your dog is crying, it may want food, playtime, pets, or just attention!
Some of the most friendly animals around, dogs can get extremely attached to their companions, whether they be animals or humans. They give their full trust to others, so they can be vulnerable to separation anxiety when their buddies leave.
Humans and animals can lead to separation anxiety in dogs, but they aren’t the only causes. Leaving an environment they have spent many years in or losing their favorite toy can also cause dogs to cry.
Animal experts have stated that a dog’s separation anxiety is similar to a panic attack. So the best thing you can do for your furry friend is comfort them when you get home and try to help your pet become more independent. Behavioral experts can assist you in lessening the effects of separation anxiety.
Injury or medical condition
A dog suffering from an injury will most likely whine to temporarily relieve, distract, or calm itself from the pain. If no visible wound or cut can be seen, it doesn’t mean that the dog is not suffering from an injury.
The signs can manifest in several ways. For example, the pet may move more slowly or will not engage in running, as it can trigger the pain.
What to do if my dogs crying
As an owner, you should not neglect your pet crying, whether they be tears or whines. Both physical tears and whimpering can be due to minor issues that will resolve themselves, but more serious issues can also cause them.
Keep in mind that dogs are smart, and some may not hesitate to flash you their puppy-dog eyes with some crying to get your food scraps. The more attention paid to your dog, the easier it will be to determine whether the issue is serious.
Understanding how and why a dog cries is beneficial for both you and your pet because it will help you solve serious issues more quickly. Pinpointing the motivation behind the tears and knowing how to stop them is essential for a healthy pup. When we know what to expect, we don’t have to resort to unhelpful measures like yelling or scolding. Now that you know why your dog may be crying, you can give the best possible care to your pooch!