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Hi! My cats eyes are watery/runny. Should I take him in or

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Hi! My cat's eyes are watery/runny. Should I take him in or do something?
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. I need to ask you a few questions first to be well informed and give you the best advice. There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

1- How long has this been going?
2- Any sneezing or coughing?
3- Any redness in the eyes?
4- The eyes are watery, no yellowish thick discharge, right?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

1. only a week, although it happened before 6months ago and then went away

2. no

3. no

4. yes just watery like a clear glaze.


Thanks Dr. Peter!

Rebecca, what you are describing could be consistent with occlusion of the nasolacrimal duct, this is the part of the eyes that drains the tears from the eyes. It is common for the small opening that drains the tears to become occluded with cells, debris, etc. Less likely this could be secondary to allergies, an infection, etc. This is what you can do:
1- Pick up over the counter in your local pharmacy eyewash. You will irrigate his eyes twice a day for the next 2 days. Make certain to irrigate in the inner lower part of the eye where the nasolacrimal duct is located.
2- Start him on Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2-4mg every 12 hours for 5 days.
3- If no significant improvement after doing the above have him checked by family veterinarian.

Please let me know if you have additional questions, hope the above helps.

Dr. Peter
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