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 Post subject: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:30 pm 
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I'm wondering if it's normal for Cockers to have smelly eye discharge. Our vet wasn't worried about it in the least and said it was normal for Cockers to have weepy eyes but I'm surprised at the smell of it. Her eyes seem healthy and the discharge just looks like tears but it smells like dirty dog! It definitely makes kissing her little face an exercise of will! I've been wiping her face off with a warm, wet washcloth every morning but I wonder if there is anything else I can do?

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 9:50 pm 
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It could be inverted (not correct term, but you get the idea) eyelashes around or in the corner of the eye. Ava had that problem, but yes some cockers have stinky faces. You can get wipes that are safe for the eye area, still being careful. I'd try those. Are your pups eyes red if you raise the upper lid, or in the corner?

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 7:57 am 
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debbiefive wrote:
It could be inverted (not correct term, but you get the idea) eyelashes around or in the corner of the eye. Ava had that problem, but yes some cockers have stinky faces. You can get wipes that are safe for the eye area, still being careful. I'd try those. Are your pups eyes red if you raise the upper lid, or in the corner?


Debbie,

Thanks for the response. Our vet didn't say anything about her eyelashes and we talked quite a bit about the runny eyes. He seemed to think she was just fine and showed me how to lift her eyelid and check the whites and the pink. So far, those look normal to me. I just am surprised by how stinky the eye goo is. Ick!

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:19 am 
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Sometimes it could be an allergy - either environmental or what you're feeding her. Smell her ears, too. If they smell "yeasty" it might be the food that could be causing it - even if it's a good food, sometimes it just doesn't work for the dog and you might need to re-think it at some point.

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:26 pm 
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TinaP wrote:
Sometimes it could be an allergy - either environmental or what you're feeding her. Smell her ears, too. If they smell "yeasty" it might be the food that could be causing it - even if it's a good food, sometimes it just doesn't work for the dog and you might need to re-think it at some point.


Thanks, Tina. Her ears smell fine and look clear. It's just her eyes that smell bad. She's still eating the same food that our breeder was feeding her but I am open to changing it if it stops being a good fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:33 pm 
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Your new pup is adorable!!!!!! I had to change my Sophie's food because of the stinky eye issue. After we switched from salmon sweet potato to a turkey sweet potato she has been fine. Enjoy that sweetheart!

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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
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Just a guess of possible two causes, one the food is missing something not complete or then it's allergy's. The smell is the start of possible red staining of the fur on a buff dog and skin where the mucus stays damp. If the fur can't repeal the moisture a low grade infection sets in causing the smell. You could take Loya to a Ophthalmologists, to get tested this isn't cheap. They can tell you more about the eye problem than a standard vet. The Ophthalmologists vet can tell you if the puppy has dry eye or poor tear production.

What is keratoconjunctivitis sicca (“Dry eye”, KCS)? Which dog breeds are predisposed to KCS?

Although the method of inheritance is poorly understood, the following breeds of dogs have been associated with a higher than average prevalence of dry eye:

• American Cocker spaniel
• Bulldog
• West Highland white terrier
• Lhaso apso
• Shih tzu
• Pug
• Pekingese

Is the smell coming from the upper nose area or dog lip fold pyoderma?


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 Post subject: Re: Runny eyes
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Just to share my experiences with cocker eyes: my first cocker, Feather, black-n-tan, would get gunky green eye discharge every spring, like clockwork. It apparently was an allergy to either the trees or the grasses blooming during that time. If we went to my mom's for a few days (200 miles away), it would stop, and start right back up when we got home. Vet suggested saline rinse, since it wasn't technically an infection, so I rinsed and wiped clean every morning, and after our evening walk. It didn't particularly smell bad, but sure looked yucky and she'd try to rub it out, and we were afraid she'd scratch a cornea, so I was careful about not missing a cleaning.

Fosters, lots of them (about 250) - many had yucky eyes that responded to a change in food, particularly getting them off of foods with wheat and corn- and being very careful about treats as well- No wheat, No corn, so sometimes they got kibble as "treats."

My Cricket, who lives with me now, has clear "tears" and they don't smell as long as her face is cut short enough, i.e. they don't accumulate in hair. I do my own grooming so she gets a face trim about every 2 weeks. I usually wipe her face once a day with a wet paper towel.

So, yes, tears are kind of a "cocker thing" - but you'll want to be sure there's no infection or yeast growing (red staining indicates yeast). And as someone else mentioned, ears and lip folds can smell bad, too, not to mention teeth and breath.

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