You are aware that your dog has feelings; he is an emotional creature that experiences happiness, fear, and grief like any other living being. And naturally, canines have tear ducts, just like most other animals. Is there a neurological link between a dog’s tear glands and his brain, then? No. While dogs certainly have the ability to verbally communicate their desires and requirements, no research has shown that dogs or any other animal genuinely shed tears in reaction to their emotions. It’s only humans that can cry from the depths of their hearts.
What we do know is that when humans find themselves sniffling into tissue and wiping away tears, dogs might have empathetic reactions. Fascinating new research suggests that dogs’ ability to soothe others may be innate.
Dogs certainly have a wide range of vocalizations at their disposal. To seek their mother’s attention, puppies may moan or whimper. This pattern of conduct often persists until maturity. Your dog may “cry” to let you know he’s in need of attention, whether that’s food, water, a walk outside, or even just a loving pat.
We’re all suckers for a sad face and a pathetic cry. However, if you notice that your dog’s eyes are watering or have any other signs of fluid, you should seek veterinary attention. The tear ducts ensure the health and cleanliness of the eyes. However, the liquid flows back toward the nasal cavity and throat, as opposed to the human body.
Reasons For Dog Tears
So, what does it mean if your dog seems to be crying?
- He may have allergies. If he has a sensitive or allergic reaction to something—pollen, food ingredients, smoke, dander, or dust, for example—his eyes may water.
- He might have a blocked tear duct, which causes your dog’s eyes to be damp and possibly irritated.
- Wet eyes can also be caused by infection. If the fluid is yellow or bloody, this could be a symptom of an eye infection. Other symptoms include irritated or swollen eyes.
- There could be a speck of dirt in his eye. The tears in this case should be temporary. If not, please consult your vet.
- He may have a scratched cornea, which is more common in active dogs. His eyes may not only tear, but he might paw at his eye, blink more than usual, or have inflammation around the eye.
Consult your doctor for an official diagnosis, since there are numerous potential reasons of excessive watering of the eyes in dogs.
Whimpering, howling, mewling, and whining are all forms of weeping, thus the answer is yes, dogs do cry. Tears are unique to humans, and for some reason, they are linked to our emotional and cognitive states.