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naomi24 | 08:35 Tue 14th Nov 2023 | Animals & Nature
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Our dogs suffered from runny eyes, the result of which hardened into black lumps in the inner corners.  I was forever cleaning them until a fellow dog walker gave us some advice.  They still have the same treats as always but for main meals we now feed them Harrington's tinned food and give them filtered water to drink rather than tap water.   Result?  No more cloggy eyes.


It might be helpful to other dog owners so I just thought I'd pass it on.



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That's interesting, Naomi.  What were they eating before?  Is your tap water hard or soft? 

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Pedigree Chum, barry.  Our tap water is hard. 

We have always given our Bichon Maltese filtered water, from a metal bowl, not plastic, and she has very little eye boogies. I see other Bichons with orangey streaks from their eyes, our Tora has none. Apparently water in a plastic bowl provokes it too.

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Samuraisan, I didn't know that.  Ours have stainless steel bowls for water and food.  I was just amazed that such an unpleasant condition can be remedied so easily.


None of my dogs have had cloggy eyes, but they have all been short haired dogs and I've only really noticed it on dogs with hairy faces.

Glad you've found the solution for your dogs

Off topic, but Sam, you named your dog after one of our most prominent members? 😊

On topic, my chap has a stainless steel food dish but his water dish is plastic. Had no bother with his eyes - touch woood - but i may just buy him a new dish next time i'm anywhere near the pet store.

Our dog refuses to drink anything other than from a glass or cup.  She's an embarrassment.  She's not got cloggy eyes and she's got a furry face.  There are bowls of water all over the house for animal use but she refuses to use them.  The water has to be fresh from the tap. 

I know little about dogs, but could the lumps be described as 'blears?

It might just be a local usage.

Off topic, but Sam, you named your dog after one of our most prominent members? 😊

No Ken !! Tora is a very old women's name in Japan. It actually means "Tigress". I wanted to call her Milly, but Mr.Sam won. Actually, she is a little tiger !

Naomi I have just seen this and I have the problem with Jay's eyes.  He won't eat dog food at all but he does drink hard tap water.  Very hard down here.  

I don't suppose you or anyone else knows if you have to give both recommendations to succeed?

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I thought about that, LB, and I really think the water is the problem.  Try him on filtered water and see if that helps.  

Thank you N.  I'm looking at filtered water systems now.  I need a recommendation so I'll ask J's BFF to have a look when he comes home from work.   

A slight divergence, but it's interesting that bowl material can make a difference. Feeding cats by a plastic bowl results in cat acne or transferring of bacteria for some. Same with glass or anything that can chip or crack. Metal is best.

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I just bought an 'Amazon's Choice' water filter jug.  I can't remember how much it was - not much though.  I keep it in the fridge door.

Is this one it: User Recommendationref=asc_df_B01NCEIPNM/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=214522367922&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4205164732081850377&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006812&hvtargid=pla-302480218292&mcid=1938106f70203a62a4b4cc0e1bd40c7d&th=1

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The first one, LB.  It works well.

Thanks Naomi.  I've asked J's BFF to order it as he's on Prime.  

Might do me some good as well.  Of course I'll find it difficult to get on all fours and lap it up from J's bowl.

I'll let you knowif it works.

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