Why Do Dogs Cry Or Whine? Solution To Your Communicating Canine Behavior

Why Do Dogs Cry Or Whine? Solution To Your Communicating Canine Behavior

There are various reasons why your dog may be crying. Just like when dogs bark, crying or whimpering/whining are ways that dogs communicate with other dogs and people. Most likely, the dog is communicating that it is excited, suffering from anxiety, frustrated, or suffering from some sort of pain or health-related issue. However, dogs do not have emotional tears like people.

There is no one exact reasons or translation that explains why your dog may be crying. Unlike people, dogs do not secrete tears from their eyes due to sadness. This is often a misconception that people have as they interpret that their dog is crying because it is sad. When it comes to whimpering or whining in canine, it can be a response to many different things.

However, this does not mean that dogs can not feel sadness. Dogs are very sensitive and compassionate animals that are highly empathetic. If you are happy, your dog will likely also be happy and wagging his tail. If you are sad or angry, your dog will also be sad and want to offer you some of its attention and affection.


Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from environmental allergies that cause a variety of symptoms. One of these common symptoms is watery eyes. Dogs can be allergic to a number of different things, including pollen, smoke, dust, dander, and even different kinds of food. If you believe your dog is suffering from allergies, a vet will be able to run a diagnostic test to determine what is causing the reaction. In addition, the vet may recommend tath you place your dog on an elimination diet to determine if your dog has a food allergy.

Allergies usually appear between the first and third years of life in dogs and rarely develop before six months of age. In addition, allergies are very common in older dogs. One condition for an outbreak of atopy, or allergies, to appear is the dog’s propensity to hypersensitivity to an outdoor allergen.

These dogs react to environmental substances such as pollens, dust mites, grasses, and molds with enhanced antibody production. This causes an inflammatory allergic reaction that damages tissue and causes inflammation within the dog’s body. The symptoms can be observed when, for example, reactions to the grass appear at certain times of the year; this is also referred to as seasonal allergies.

Blocked Tear Ducts

Blocked tear ducts can also cause your dog to “cry.” If your dog has tear ducts that are blocked, tears may start flowing from your dog’s eyes in an attempt to dislodge the blockage. This discharge is referred to as epiphora. You will likely be able to tell if this is what your dog is suffering from because the area around your dog’s eyes will be very damp and may be dark-colored. If your dog has been suffering from this for a while, it may develop a skin condition or irritation around the eye. You may also notice that your dog has brown or reddish fur around its eyes. If you notice that your dog has any of these symptoms, you should contact your veterinarian, as they will be able to provide you with the best treatment plan.

Conjunctivitis Or Eye Infection 

Often conjunctivitis in dogs is caused by changes in the eyelids. An eyelid opening that is too small or large, an eyelid that is folded in or out (ectropion or entropion), or hairs that grow on the edges of the eyelid, where there are normally none (distichiasis, trichiasis), cause irritation of the eye and inflammation of the conjunctiva which is the transparent mucous membrane that covers the eyeball. As a result, you may notice that your dog has watery eyes or appears to be crying.

A contact allergy (allergic conjunctivitis), a foreign object such as a spike, trauma, viral infection, bacterial infection, or a parasitic infection, can also cause conjunctivitis and cause your dog to have watery eyes. Young dogs sometimes develop lymphoid follicles at the back of the nictitating membrane and inflammation of the eye, known as follicular conjunctivitis. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca occurs when the lacrimal glands produce little tear fluid, which in turn causes inflammation of the eye.

If your dog is suffering from conjunctivitis in only one eye, a blocked or infected tear duct may be the cause of the infection. If this is the case, it is best to take your dog to the vet in order to receive proper treatment and prevent further damage to the eye. If left untreated, it can lead to secondary eye diseases and possible blindness or permanent damage.

Separation Anxiety Or Stress

Dogs do not usually cope well with changes in their environment. This included being brought to a new home, a change in their regular schedule, a new dog, or a new baby. There are a number of factors that can cause a stress response within your dog. As a result, you may notice that your dog is whining or whimpering. Most of the time, your dog just needs some time to adjust to the new routine or individual. However, if you are concerned, you should visit your vet to rule out any underlying health issues.

Just like people, dogs can also become stressed. We all want what is best for our pets; this includes providing them with an environment that is stress-free and positive for their health. Dogs use body language and warning signs to communicate with their owners and human counterparts to show that they are stressed. These signs include growling, barking, and pacing, to name just a few stress indicators.

In order to keep your dog both happy and healthy, you need to know some of the common triggers and warnings of stress in your dog to prevent unwanted issues and adverse health effects.

Health Issues

Health issues are another common thing that can cause your dog to appear that it is crying. If you notice that your dog is experiencing other symptoms in addition to whining, you should take a visit to your vet to rule out any other health conditions. Your vet will be able to figure out what your dog is suffering from and recommend a proper treatment plan.

Whining can also indicate that your dog is suffering from some sort of physical ailment or stress. If your dog whines when he goes up the stairs or jumps up on the bed, he may be suffering from hip dysplasia or joint pain.

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