It is common to see a tear fall from your dog’s eyes, which we instinctively translate as severe grief, as in humans. In truth, tears in dogs are a symptom of something quite different, and to confuse it with grief is tantamount to anthropomorphism, that is, to ascribing human qualities to one’s dog.
In fact, humans are, for the time being, the only living being who communicate their emotions by crying bitterly, whether when they are afraid, when they are happy or when they are angry.
In animals, sadness, joy, and distress can also cause crying, but it will not result in tears.
Tears in dogs :
In dogs, tears that flow normally are always caused by eye conditions and not by any emotion. The flow of tears on the dog’s face, a phenomenon which is medically called epiphora, and is therefore a defense mechanism automatically triggered by the dog’s body trying to protect itself from infection.
Tears have the function of washing the eye to remove foreign bodies or pathogens that can stick to it. A common cause of epiphora in dogs is conjunctivitis, which also causes swelling of the eyelid, reddening of the sclera, pain and itching, and other symptoms of inflammation.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, a translucent tissue that covers the inside of the eyelids to isolate the eyeball from external pathogens. It is not a disease in itself, because conjunctivitis can be caused by multiple environmental factors, pathologies and even congenital ones
The crying dog :
If your dog’s tears are not associated with his emotions, he is still able to cry to express his discomfort. The crying of the dog is manifested by long plaintive barks which do not deceive anyone, as well as shrill moans, various complaints …
And a number of “non-verbal” signals, It is often possible to read your pooch’s sadness on his face, the dog displaying expressions often expressive enough to communicate with his peers, as with his master. His posture also says it all: If your dog is lying prostrate, isolating himself or showing signs of calming, something is bothering him.
Looking a little deeper into canine psychology, therefore, we realize that a dog has many ways of crying, without shedding tears. In order for your dog to stop complaining or suffering in silence, you must take the time to look into the causes of his discomfort without limiting himself to assuming that your pooch is “jealous”, “capricious” or “resentful”, emotions that do not exist with him.
Likewise, do not think that your dog is crying for your attention on a whim : if he asks you, he needs it. A dog that cries to ask for attention or for games should therefore not be reprimanded, on the contrary, the master must question himself and consider that, despite all his efforts, he probably does not spend enough time with it, his dog or missed some of his needs.
It is also possible that your dog is crying because of discomfort or physical pain, as unfortunately is often the case with old doggies who howl all night with their osteoarthritis. Older dogs also gradually lose their senses and may rightfully feel completely confused when their sight, hearing, and smell begin to diminish.
They are then likely to cry to express their anguish and seek comfort from their beloved master. Either way, a dog only cries when he has something to say. It should never be ignored, and it is in good taste to start with a veterinary visit to rule out any injury or illness that would make him suffer.
The tears and the crying of the dog are two completely different phenomena which must not be confused to succeed in finding the cause of the unhappiness of the animal. Tears are often a sign of an eye disorder which may be congenital, caused by a foreign body, or caused by a pathogen (bacteria or viruses).