Has anyone else had this kind of experience. Do you know if these milky "tears" are normal?
I freaked out the first time I saw it, thinking it was some awful eye infection, but it´s OK. Thick goopy discharge or dried crusty stuff around the eye is another matter, requiring a vet visit. It may indicate an eye infection or herald an imminent URI.
I remember my mother telling me to keep my hands away from my eyes. Even now, I notice if I´ve tried to clean the corner of one eye with a fingernail, I will have more problems the next day with even more goop -- but it goes away if I use the corner of a clean tissue instead. I do think our hands and fingernails carry quite a bit of bacteria.
For general husbandry questions, my vet calls me. She´s never had a pig as a pet so this isn´t info she knows off the top of her head. The info in her books is based on lab animals. When I was asking her about a calcium supplement she suggested cheese - half seriously. All she knew was that cheese was a readily available source of calcium. I scolded her and she laughed. Now she knows(probably already did, deep in her heart) - cheese isn´t good for pigs even as a treat. As for the minutia of why pigs shouldn´t eat it - just isn´t part of her frame of reference. Diseases, medications, things with precise info based on other animals that she can extrapolate - she´s brilliant at. That´s her realm of expertise. Diagnostics is a particular talent.
And even with simple dietary questions I´ve seen exotic vets give completely contradictory information.
So rather than running, educate. Trade knowledge.