Do Dogs Cry

Dogs are really good at expressing their emotions. 

They wag their tails when they’re happy and playful, get really sad when they’re being scolded, lick you all over to express love… 

You get the picture, right? 

In today’s article, I wanted to answer the question, “Do dogs cry?” in as much detail as possible. 

Wondering what the fact of the matter is? 

Keep reading! 

Dogs and The Emotion of Sadness

Okay, so dogs and humans aren’t wired the same way. 

do dogs cry

Humans cry tears when they’re feeling sad. However, dogs do shed tears depending on the breed but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re sad… 

Dogs express the emotion of sadness by whimpering which you can head when your dog wakes you up early in the morning to go for a walk---or to go potty. 

You get the idea, right? 

Dogs whimper when they’re feeling sick, sad, or are hurt. If your dog whimpers without you being able to pinpoint what the problem is, you should consult the vet as soon as possible. 

You should try and comfort your dog when he’s whimpering and show him as much affection as you can. In case your dog is wounded, you should tend to those wounds and seek medical attention if necessary. 

Watering Eyes: What are the Causes?

All mammals have tear ducts even if they don't necessarily need them as such. 

can dogs cry tears

In some cases, the overactivity of the tear ducts may be caused by a phenomena known as epiphora which occurs when the tear ducts of the dog get blocked causing the tears to flow down the dog’s eyes. 

A few breeds are prone to this condition and it is not an uncommon one. 

This condition is not something that should alarm you as it doesn't necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your furry friend. 

Other reasons include: 

  • Allergic reactions: Just like you get tears in your eyes due to allergies, so does your doggy friend. This could include things like smoke, pollen, dust, etc. You should immediately consult a vet if you suspect an allergy.
  • Infections: Tears can also be due to eye infections that can turn out to be extremely severe if not kept in check.
  • Dirt: Tears in your dog’s eyes could also be caused due to something as simple as dirt that found its way into your dog’s eye…
  • Scratched Cornea: Rough play and other activities resulting in a scratched cornea could also be the reason why your dog has tears running down his cheek.

Final Words

A dog feels a range of emotions and sadness is one of them. 

Dogs express the emotion of sadness by whimpering but do not shed tears.

Dogs and humans aren’t wired the same way and tears in a dog’s eyes may be due to:

  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Allergies
  • An infection
  • Scratch​​​ed cornea
  • Dirt

Even though tears in a dog’s eyes aren’t necessarily a big deal, you should take your dog to the vet if the problem persists for a long time. 

Do you still have unanswered questions? Leave them in the comments section and we’ll help you right out!