Why do my cats eyes keep watering?
You are not aware of them, but tears are always present on the surface of your pet’s eyes. They act as a lubricating fluid, keeping the eyes moist and protecting them from dirt and scratches. They also contain enzymes that help to prevent the growth of bacteria. Sometimes the tear ducts open wide, producing torrents of water. This usually occurs when something lodges in the eye and irritates the surface. Copious tears are the body’s attempt to flush it out. “When tearing comes on suddenly, the tears are clear, and just one eye is affected, you can be pretty sure that the cause is a foreign object,” says Nancy Willerton, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Denver. Dogs such as basset hounds, bloodhounds, and Newfoundlands are especially prone to problems because they have a large space between the eyelids and the surface of the eye, which allows grit to get inside. Watering sometimes occurs if the conjunctiva, a thin layer of tissue covering the inside of the eyelids, gets irr
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