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Dog’s Tear Stains Causes and Removal

Updated on May 23, 2013

Tear staining is obvious in dogs with white or light-colored coats. The can also be seen in dogs with heavy wrinkles. The stain is reddish brown. When hair rests around the eyes some amount of tear staining can be caused by the hair wicking moisture from the eyes. These stains can be seen above and below the eyes. There are also other causes for tear stains. It can also be traced to health and diet and also genetics. A lot of veterinarians agree that face staining results from too much tearing. Though tear stains are unsightly, they are natural for some breeds.

Tear staining can be removed using various products, home remedies, and medication. But as much as possible, stick with products that has all-natural ingredients. You can also consult with professional groomers for recommendations.

One of the options in removing tear stain is tetracycline. But you should consult the vet before using this method. This method must only be used when other options have failed. This should only be used for 1 to 2 courses of treatment. You should not rely on tetracycline for longer treatment.

TUMS is another option especially when you need to change the pH of your dog’s system to help in the prevention of yeast or infection. TUMS is a good source of Calcium and also known as an antacid. Giving your dog TUMS twice a day will help change the pH of the tears.

White Vinegar is also effective. Use a teaspoon of white cider vinegar. It could be added on your dog’s drinking water to help control new tear stains. Though it may take for your dog to drink his water, start with a smaller amount and gradually increase when he gets used to it. Vinegar works like TUMS. It could change the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog is effective in eliminating tear stains.

Also keep your dog’s fur just below the eye clipped short. You need to train your companion friend to accept the use of a clipper for this purpose or get the help of a veterinarian or a professional groomer. Using a dab of Vaseline in the area that builds up the most tears is also effective. This will also help prevent staining the hair.

Trying a completely different diet may also help prevent tear stains. Probiotics could also help. Products or supplements that are made for intestinal health could reduce or eliminate tear staining? Ask your veterinarian about this.

Angel’s Eyes is also a popular product for getting rid of tear stains. It helps eliminate the yeast that causes the pigments leading to staining. The product works great and many dog owners have used it.

Should all options fail, you should get the help of a groomer. But always make sure to choose any product in removing tear stains. Use natural products. As much as possible, research several home remedies that can help eliminate tear stains. When you apply any products, keep it always safe and prevent it from entering your dog’s eyes.


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