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Tears, Bad Smell?

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So my Shih Tzu regularly has the corner of his nose to eye edge wet because he tears alot. I do the normal daily cleaning and there's no problem.

However I've noticed it has a really weird smell. I'm not sure if this is something serious or if the dog tears are supposed to smell funky.

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It shouldn't smell. If it does, you probably have a yeast situation.

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Just saw this. Teddy has a lot of gunk etc in the corners of his eyes. Wash and comb daily. And it smells terrible. Thought that was normal!!! :(

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Nope, not normal. The only only one of mine who has wet eyes is Corbin, and that seems to be because of his skull structure: there is no odor.

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I went to the vet that told me that due to his excess tears, it builds up on the corner of his eye thus, builds an infection which in turn, causes a bad odor. So she cleaned them and then told me to clean them daily. I bought some eye wipes and wipe them at least 3 times a day. Is there something else I can use?

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Our previous tzu was like this and then it just went further and she developed a serious dry eye condition. It was just horrible and was eventually the reason we had to have her put to sleep :/ If the gunk is colour, like green, I'd go to the vet. No doubt

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Hm, Misha has tears on his right eye and that's because of his skull structure, like Pam said but there's no smell. How's Coki doing?

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Thanks for asking Marlen

I've just been using Eye Wipes I bought at PetSmart to reduce the tearing around the eyes. I do it at least 3 times a day. For now it's a temporary relief, don't know if there's a permanent one.

But yeah once I use the wipes, it reduces the tearing and the smell is gone. But after a few hours, the tears build up again and it starts to smell which is when I take another wipe and wipe both eyes.

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It builds up so quickly? That can't be good. I remember you said that you wanted to change vets right?Did you find a new one? If it's like that I doubt it's just a tear problem and I start worrying...

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It doesn't build up like excessively but if I check after a few hours, the corner of eye near the nose is wet with minor odor.

I did in fact change vets and the new vet was the one who told me the infection possibility and how I needed to clean his eyes daily.

I'm going to try and just use the wipes in the morning and see if by night time, what the difference is. If it's like it used to be, [excessive wetness with a strong bad odor] I'm going to notify the vet that the smell and tears problem is still on going.

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My vet recommended an eye comb, a tiny comb that gets that guck out of the corner of the eye and the hair. I also use 1/8 t. Angel eyes on her food a day which had stopped the watering.

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I don't know if your eye problem is resolved but my Winnie would have terrible teary eye and it would smell. Allie and Lexie have skin problems so I did some research and they now get a product called Dinovite that I mix in there food. I started giving it to all of the paws as they all eat together and within 3 days Winnie's eyes cleared up. No tears and no smell. She was lacking some vitamin is all I can quess, The Dinovite has ground flax seed and dried kelp, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acid. It has improved Allie and Lexie's skin problems also.

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Daisy, my maltese, has this problem. I realized for her needs, I had to switch out food and replace tap with purified water. Her sister luckily doesn't have this problem.

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