Conjunctivitis - Watery eyes with a Pomeranian can be due to either viral conjunctivitis or allergic conjunctivitis. Typical signs include redness and puffy eyelids.
The discharge will not be a clear watery fluid. It will be thick and with most dogs, it will dry to a sticky crust overnight that can actually cause the eyes to be stuck closed with the dog wakes up from
sleeping. You may also notice that the discharge is stringy and stretchy when you try to wipe it away.
Allergic conjunctivitis may be caused by an allergy to dust mites, seasonal triggers such as pollen, and even environmental factors such as perfumes and cleaning products. Treatment includes Antihistamines, eye drops that contain steroids to reduce swelling and cold compresses.
If a Pomeranian has viral conjunctivitis, it should be noted that this is very contagious and both other pets and humans can catch this. Along with this, a dog may also have a cold, throat infection or a lung infection.
Treatment will vary according to whether or not there are these other issues; however basic care will include steroid eye drops, possibly antibiotic drops and cold compresses. Most dogs recover in 3 weeks. During this time, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands any time after touching your Pomeranian and especially after cleaning and taking care of his eyes.
- This is rather rare however still something to be considered. This is a condition in which there is too much pressure in the eye.
It is important to have this ruled out since it can lead to nerve damage that results in permanent blindness.
Symptoms of this will include water eyes, excessive blinking, a rolling of the eyeball inward to the head, bloodshot eyes, a cloudy film and/or problems with vision. Some dogs that have this will also have a marked decrease in appetite and have less enthusiasm to play or interact as they may also suffer from bad headaches.
Most vets will refer an owner to bring their Pomeranian to a veterinary ophthalmologist who will make a diagnosis. There are several medications that can slow down or even stop the progression of this.
Infection or other illness
- In some cases, a lung infection or other health problem
can cause a runny nose, runny eyes or both. This will be checked for as well, regardless of other symptoms if no other cause can be found.