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Old 05-21-2009, 11:08 AM   #1
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I am a first time owner of a Yorkie and don't have a clue! One issue that I have is that in the 5 weeks we have had her she has had eyes that stream continually. It is this ugly brown gunk that leaves nasty streaks down her face. The vet gave me eye drops wich I put in faithfully for ten days and it didn't help one bit. Does anyone have a suggestion. Thanks
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If physical issues have been ruled out...it's genetic and some tear more than others. You can try switching her food to a grain free formula, and others report good results with bottled water.
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Joey had this problem as a puppy, and a switch to distilled water helped, no tearing at all afterwards. He outgrew the problem and we were able to use regular tap water. His eyes have been clear and several months ago I switched foods, and the brown eye gunk returned, and so I switched him back to his old food, and his eyes cleared up again. I decided to do one more test with the new food, and within a day the brown gunk returned so we are back on his regular food. I'm not sure what caused it for Joey, some sensitivity to the tap water at first, and later perhaps some mineral in the food. If you switch your water, don't get regular bottled water it has to be distilled water, where all the minerals are taken out. You can buy it at Walmart, it's the kind you use in baby formula, and only $1.00 a gallon. Most supermarkets carry some type, but it needs to say drinkable, because most distilled water is meant for appliances, and not always safe for drinking.
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hi im a first time yorkie owner 2, molly has little tear marks on her face, although not too much, i wash her little face every day with a wet face cloth, and she seems to be fine with that, i found a buils up on her face a few days after i brought her home, so maybe if you do her face every morning it might not seem so much, just a sugestion i hope this helps.x
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These suggestions are a good place to start. I did wonder if it was a food allergy. I was oping it wasn't to beef or chicken as she is already a fussy eater. I will try the water suggestion as that is an easy start and then if that doesn't solve it will try the corn suggestion. It is also helpful to know she might grow out of it.
I have been bathing her once a week but might start the face wash evreyday. She looks quite unhealthy at the moment.
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Welcome!! Does she have hairs poking in her eyes, that can cause excess tearing. I used distilled water and it helped then I stopped but I think I will go back to it as Roxie's eyes tear a lot too.
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I wonder if this is normally common in Yorkies. Our previous yorkie had continual black gunk and our new one does too. I just sorta expected he would have it and he does. I was his face every morning and he loves it because I have turned it into a calming, massage for him LOL.
I never gave it a thought about the water or food. Good thought! They already eat no grain food though.
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I wonder if this is normally common in Yorkies. Our previous yorkie had continual black gunk and our new one does too. I just sorta expected he would have it and he does. I was his face every morning and he loves it because I have turned it into a calming, massage for him LOL.
I never gave it a thought about the water or food. Good thought! They already eat no grain food though.
For Joey it wasn't the grain, in fact, the food that he has no problems with has both corn and chicken. I switched to what is considered a higher rated food, with no corn and they used potato as the carb, but that's the one he had the tremendous discharge with! I don't think it's the potato, I think it might be from the type of iron used in the food, but that's just a guess. I'm not talking about a little tearing, I talking about major tearing and brown eye gunk.
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Hello everyone,
I am a first time owner of a Yorkie and don't have a clue! One issue that I have is that in the 5 weeks we have had her she has had eyes that stream continually. It is this ugly brown gunk that leaves nasty streaks down her face. The vet gave me eye drops wich I put in faithfully for ten days and it didn't help one bit. Does anyone have a suggestion. Thanks
the eyes are nothing to mess with take her to opthamologist as she may have tear duct blockage and they can check her out as that is all they see is eyes then you will know exactly what is going on - took my dex to opthamologist as he gets eye gunk and was worried about dry eye as it runs in breed and it was the best $160 i spent as she spent an hour with us and looked him over thoroughly - he was fine just allergies but she did say some of these dogs can have blocked tear ducts and you know it as they get a big huge tear that comes out all at once - is that happening?
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Joey had this problem as a puppy, and a switch to distilled water helped, no tearing at all afterwards. He outgrew the problem and we were able to use regular tap water. His eyes have been clear and several months ago I switched foods, and the brown eye gunk returned, and so I switched him back to his old food, and his eyes cleared up again. I decided to do one more test with the new food, and within a day the brown gunk returned so we are back on his regular food. I'm not sure what caused it for Joey, some sensitivity to the tap water at first, and later perhaps some mineral in the food. If you switch your water, don't get regular bottled water it has to be distilled water, where all the minerals are taken out. You can buy it at Walmart, it's the kind you use in baby formula, and only $1.00 a gallon. Most supermarkets carry some type, but it needs to say drinkable, because most distilled water is meant for appliances, and not always safe for drinking.
i use to do distilled for tear staining but the prob is it tastes bad and they do not drink as much and they are missing certain minerals so only use spring now as my demi had her bun off for kidneys do to not drinking enough water and she only drinks when i put a fresh bowl down so we change out 4 times a day so i think she did not drink as much due to the taste of distilled
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For Joey it wasn't the grain, in fact, the food that he has no problems with has both corn and chicken. I switched to what is considered a higher rated food, with no corn and they used potato as the carb, but that's the one he had the tremendous discharge with! I don't think it's the potato, I think it might be from the type of iron used in the food, but that's just a guess. I'm not talking about a little tearing, I talking about major tearing and brown eye gunk.
what food was it as yeast and bacteria is harbored in sugars and white potato is high in sugar so sweet potato is best
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what food was it as yeast and bacteria is harbored in sugars and white potato is high in sugar so sweet potato is best
There is some distilled water made that is safe for drinking, and it has a much better taste, we keep it n the refrigerator, and this effects the taste too. Joey drinks lots of water. The draining isn't always due to yeast, the drainage can cause bacteria to form in the wet hair and a yeast infection can develop. Joey never got any yeast infection; the eyes stopped draining once the food was removed. The food was Blue Wilderness.
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so what foor are you all feeding to prevent tearing.?
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so what foor are you all feeding to prevent tearing.?
I'm don't think there is a food that prevents excessive tearing; you just have to find one that doesn't cause problems with your dog. I use Royal Canine for Yorkshire Terriers, and have no problems, but some people have problems with it for other reasons, itchiness, for example. I was looking for a more nutritious food, and Blue Wildernesses, a highly recommended brand, was the brand I chose, but I believe it caused the excessive tearing in Joey, this does not mean your dog would also be effected, so it's kind of hit and miss, finding a safe nutritious food with ingredients that don't cause a sensitivity in your dog.
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