Epiphora is a condition in which tears overflow onto the face . Occurring in both cats and dogs, however more frequently in flat faced cats, this condition is thought to be caused by inflammation or irritation of the eye, which causes obstruction of the tear duct next to the nose. Cats that tend to be more susceptible to this condition are the Himalayan, Exotic Shorthair, Persian, and Scottish Fold cat breeds. Regular eye flushing of the tear ducts or surgically opening up the duct are the two forms of treatment available for this condition. In cases that reoccur with no underlying problems, the cat or dog may live a normal and healthy life, but the pet owner must be accommodating and regularly clean the pets face so there is minimal discomfort.
To learn more about the epiphora condition, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with epiphora? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.