Hey dog lover! We know how much you love your ‘little paws’ Yorkie dog.
What is more, you are happily and readily available for them when in need, which is why you are here.
They are a total bliss, aren’t they?
Like us, they too go through certain discomforts, and tear stains are a matter of concern. If we talk about Yorkies, they are small, delicate, gentle, and loving. They need extra care.
If you are also puzzled about How to Clean Yorkie’s Eyes and that too gently, then you are at the right stop.
What are Tear Marks in Yorkies?
Tear stains are dark brown or reddish marks that appear underneath the eyes. The stains may sometimes come along with discharge, but not always.
They are typically more visible on dogs who possess white or lightly colored fur. The reddish stains appear when porphyrin, a pigment found in tears, collects under the eyes. It contains iron which performs all the natural chemical functions in the body.
Stains that are brownish or rusty in color might be an aftermath of a yeast infection on the skin under the eyes that can thrive because of the constant moisture from tears building upon the skin.
What is there to keep in mind is, It is nothing exclusive only to Yorkies. Other dog breeds such as Bulldog, Labrador, Bichon Frise are also a part of this pain.
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Why is it Necessary to clean the watery eyes of your Yorkie?
Dust or other airborne particles present in the atmosphere are not biased to anybody. Like humans, dogs are also prone to these uninvited invaders.
As this debris accumulates in their eyes, it forms a gunky, slimy discharge on or around their tear ducts. Although, Yorkies have some extraordinary powers to clean the debris jammed under the eyes.
The only place beyond reach is the discharge forming in the corner of the eye. It keeps growing in lots and becomes uncomfortable for your Yorkie unless removed by the dog parent.
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What Begets Teary eyes?
As mentioned before, tear stains are perfectly normal and have no ill aftermaths on Yorkie’s health but to a certain extent. There are quite a few reasons why Yorkies experience tear stains underneath their eyes. These are some of those reasons.
Bacterial or Yeast infections (Invader mode on!)
Viruses such as canine influenza, Bacteria such as leptospirosis, Fungus spores, Irritants such as smoke or shampoo could be one of those causes of teary eyes of Yorkies.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Pink eye is the inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines the eyelid and eyeball. It is identified by redness and a gritty sensation in the eye, along with itching. Often a discharge forms a hard crust around the eyelashes.
Epiphora (Watery Eye)
Epiphora is an overflow of tears onto the face, other than caused by normal crying.
It is a clinical sign or condition that constitutes insufficient tear film drainage from the eyes, in that tears will drain down the face in excess and create a thick and stiff layer of eye boogers.
Improper Diet (Poor intake)
Diet also plays a crucial role in the overall health of a Yorkie. Like humans, Yorkies also need a balanced diet. Unpicked choices of food in the diet may result in harmful consequences.
For example:- Chocolate, Caffeine, Raisins, Raw bread dough, and others.
Dacryocystitis (Jammed tear ducts)
Inflammation of the tear duct can be genetic (such as abnormal development) or acquired (tumor or bacteria).
Brachycephalic breeds are susceptible due to the shallow eye socket and stiff eyelids.
Examples of this breed, which have a flat and wide skull, are the Pug, Pekingese, Bulldog, Boston Terrier.
Corneal Ulcer (Corneal Erosion)
It can be explained as the erosion through the epithelium (outer layer of the eye) into the stroma (chief support tissue for the cornea). The most common cause could be trauma.
Distichiasis (Uneven Eyelashes)
An entire row of eyelashes can be affected. The eyelashes may grow in an abnormal direction or an unusual location on the eyelid. Genetics could be another factor.
Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
Dry eye is a common disease identified by chronic inflammation of the lacrimal gland, conjunctiva, cornea resulting in close to nil tear production. It may result in dryness, itchiness, pain, and absolute exposure to unwanted infections.
When to Dial a Vet?
Tear stains may turn into something critical and would approach an emergency call.
Epiphora is a type of condition which allows a dog’s body to produce tears in excess quantity. It can be one scenario with many reasons that may affect your Yorkies’ overall health.
Under specific circumstances like mentioned above, if you notice any of the following symptoms as an addition in your Yorkie, then with no interruptions, make a call to your nearest vet clinic and book an appointment.
- Zoomed, clear blood vessels
- Eyelid swelling
- Sharp pain
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
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How to Gently Clean your Yorkie’s Sleepy Winks and Tear Marks?
Before you reach out to pick up your phone to book an appointment and experience a deadly delay in arranging a seat for your dog, you can follow these simple steps that are good-to-go tips to remove the tear junks under your dog’s eyes.
If you are already close to the door of a vet clinic with an appointment slip in your phone, then before digging down further, talk to the vet expert and follow the steps as directed by the specialist, unload stress, and smile. “All Hail Vet”
Understandably, sometimes you tend to rely on quick methods to get rid of troublesome problems. In other words, a DIY or a homemade remedy.
So let us keep you safe here because now we will share a few tips with you, which you can follow for the first order improvement.
Step 1: Gentle Cleansing
Arrange some cotton balls for your Yorkie. It should be cotton balls, not q tips which can be dangerous to their eyes.
Cotton buds are poky and can hurt your dog’s eyes. Make sure to use soft raw cotton chunks.
Soak the cotton ball in warm water, squeeze the excess water, then gently wipe it near the eyes. Go from inward to outward.
Try not to put too much pressure and gently vacuum in the boogers. Once it is clean, repeat the process with the other eye. Make sure not to use the same cotton chunk. It may cause more irritation and itchiness.
Step 2: Grooming and Trimming
Unwanted and long hair can be one of those causes, why the little member of your family is fighting with tear stains. The next thing you can do is trim the excess hair swinging above your little munchkin’s glowy eyes.
Use safe blunt-nosed scissors to avoid any cuts and scratches that may turn into something more severe.
Don’t worry! If you are naive in trimming your dog’s luscious hair. Contact an expert to help groom your Yorkie’s facial hair.
Ta-Da-aa! Your Yorkie is Picture Ready!
Step 3: A Happy Good Night
It is rightly said, ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a dog healthy, fluffy and cutie-pie!
Okay! But what if your Yorkie is having trouble going to bed early and with all comfort?
Maybe, where your little member is sleeping, the place is full of dirt or dust. It may be because of the runny roads, smoky vehicles, pollution, and insufficient greenery nearby.
All of these can be some contributing factors, causing teary eyes in your Yorkie.
You can try to change the location of your dog’s bed and clean it every week. And it’s done.
Step 4: A regular bath schedule
Another way could be to bathe them daily.
Use a mild shampoo and conditioner, brush their hair gently to let the natural oils stay. Avoid doing it weekly. Make it a part of your daily to-do list.
Here’s a video that showcases how you can clean your Yorkie’s eyes at home.
DIY (Homemade Tricks to Clean Yorkie’s Eyes)
We all love kitchen gardening. How much we enjoy freshly plucked veggies from the garden. Similarly, homemade face packs, moisturizers, balms are always the ‘last minute’ miracles of our life.
Why should humans have all the fun?
Yorkies can have it too. Great! What are those options?
Hold on while I fetch some of them, which are easy to find in your kitchen and cost negligible. Scroll down below!
Yogurt has some anti-bacterial properties. Yogurt with just a teaspoon a day will improve its gut bacteria. It will prevent tear stains and soothe the skin.
Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can relieve skin irritations. Soak a cotton ball in it for 2 minutes, squeeze out the excess water and wipe gently.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another way to clean tear stains is apple cider vinegar. It helps in maintaining the pH balance of the Yorkie.
Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your Yorkie’s meal or water every day and see the results!
Every living and non-living thing asks for love, care, and support. Self-care has become an integral part of our daily lives, both physically and emotionally.
Our Yorkies are vulnerable to many deformities that we may or may not notice. As responsible Yorkie parents, we should acknowledge the importance of their existence and the self-less affection they shower us with, Reach out to them, talk to them, do an emo-survey in any way possible and make them feel bow-bow-ing!
Every one of us has a polaroid story with our dogs, don’t we? Then why not share and make each other feel “we are in this together?
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