We've had Milly for a month now and she has been a fantastic addition to our family and she has never appeared to have any problems except for one thing that we're a little concerned about. She has weepy eyes! Some days it's not that bad but other days I swear she looks as if she's watched a cheesy chick-flick! I was at the pet store buying her food on the weekend and I mentioned it to the lady helping me (who advised me that she comes from a family of dog-breeders but they breed toy type dogs like Maltese and Bichon Frise) and she told me that Milly had a genetical birth "defect" I listened to what she had to say but was shocked that someone thought I had a "defective" dog and it's also upset me as well! A friend of ours thinks that she might have allergies? To dust or pollen which gets in her eyes when she's running around causing them to weep and she has suggested to bathe her eyes in warm, salty water? I'm seeing the vet this afternoon cause Milly is due for her 3 monthly shot so i'll ask him but I wanted to get a few more opinions.
Do I really have a defective puppy?
What kind of "genetic defect"? Are you thinking "hereditary" rather than a genetic/gene mutation? If you're thinking entropion/ectropion (where the eyelids turn in/out respectively, causing corneal trauma), you wouldn't be able to tell at this age whether or not it is something that is going to be a long-term problem. At this age, their body and skin seem to grow at different rates, which often causes their eyelids to "droop" inwards/outwards (something that can correct itself with time/maturity)... I would ask your vet.
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I don't know! The lady at the Pet Store basically meant (this is what I got out of her opinion anyway) that she has weak tear ducts which causes her eyes to seep fluids? She reckons it's in Milly's line of breeding and nothing can be done about it. I spoke to a lady in our Puppy Preschool class about it (and the puppy preschool teacher) and the lady who also has a puppy in our class said that her dog had the same sort of thing until she rinsed her eyes out in warm water. Maybe Milly has dust in her eyes which is bothering her? When we do alot of playing in the backyard (which is every afternoon) sometimes her eyes look a bit red but I never thought anything of it. Our puppy preschool teacher thought it might be allergies too and suggested warm, salty waterWhat kind of "genetic defect"?
I just wanted to get opinions from the forum if anyone had any other ideas?
Could also be epiphora. Peanut had that as a puppy, and my vet said that they could fix it when she got spayed if I wanted, but she basically grew out of it by the time that came around.
I would also ask the vet, I am highly skeptical of medical advice dispensed from pet store clerks.
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I had no idea what it was so I google'd it. I think you might be right as she often has a runny nose too. Not a wet doggy nose, but a runny nose and her nose sometimes drips.Could also be epiphora
I was thinking I was going crazy - surely my dog doesn't have sinus allergies? Maybe she does!! I'm definitely talking to my vet tonight when she gets her 3 month needle. Thanks for replying, cheers!
Rider had droopy weepy eyes as a pup and grew into his skin. I'd not worry too much for a bit yet.
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Don't get upset about what anyone says other than your vet about medical conditions. You can search the web to gather up the questions you want to ask, but so many people offer help without any real knowledge of what they are talking about. others are very knowledgeable, but how do you know which are which.Originally Posted by sarahnye
The pup looks to small to be able to make that kind of determination by a lay person. They go through so many stages. As far as defects go, most dogs have some kind of defect. Did you plan to competitively show the dog, or is it a pet. Enjoy the dog, sometimes dogs that are 'special' are best.
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Mocha had droopy eyes when she was little too she grew out of it. The only time I notice it now is when she's really tired.
Abby had droopy eyes and very runny eyes for her first 3-4 months. She's fine now.
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Hey, did you run it by the breeder that you got her from? They should know something.
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