How to Remove Tear Stains from Your Dog, Naturally
Tear staining is not life threatening but it is a huge problem for those owners who have to deal with it. It is more common in some breeds than in others, and Maltese, a breed with large eyes and small tear ducts, are almost always affected. If you have a Bichon, a Poodle, or a Chihuahua it may be a problem.
If tear staining was a straightforward problem there would be a solution. There are a lot of solutions, just like there usually are when a problem does not have a good solution that consistently works.
What are the causes of tear stains on your dog´s face?
· Tear stains may be caused by allergies. The allergies can be to food, which is why some dog owners swear changing your dog´s diet will eliminate this problem. Dogs may also be allergic to the dyes in some cheap foods too so changing the diet makes a lot of sense. Changing the diet does work, sometimes.
· Tear staining may be caused by water. If the water has a high mineral content it is more likely to cause stains. You can try demineralized water, and you can also train your dog to drink from a water bottle to decrease stains around his mouth.
· Tear stains may be caused by teething. Since this really is a temporary problem it will go away without any treatment.
- Tear staining can be caused by blocked or tiny tear ducts. If the tears are flowing out of the eye and on top of the face the hair stays wet and your dog may develop a yeast infection, making the staining even worse. The ducts will need to be surgically repaired.
- Tear stains can also be caused by a dusty or smoky environment. If your dog´s eyes are always red and inflamed she is going to tear excessively. The solution? Stop whatever is contaminating your dog´s house.
What is the best natural method to control tear stains?
1. To remove the stains, you can try several herbal products (Halo Herbal Eye Wash or ) or a homemade cornstarch paste with hydrogen peroxide. Mix a tablespoon of peroxide with the cornstarch until it the consistency is thick and pasty, apply it just under your dog´s eyes, and let it dry before washing it out. Peroxide can be irritating but much less so than bleach so I do not recommend you use that method. Pet Alive i-Clenz
2. To prevent most stains from coming back, you can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog´s water. If the tear staining is caused by cheap dyes in the dog food, blocked tear ducts, or teething, this method may not help.
Cutting the hair around your dog´s eyes is a very temporary solution. Antibiotics may also help for a while, but unless you are using them to clear up an infection on your dog´s face I would not recommend them. Tear staining is ugly but it is not life threatening. If your dog is put on antibiotics long-term there are several serious side effects.
If nothing works, learn to accept your dog. She is not a perfect piece of furniture with which you can accessorize your living room; she is a living being with potential faults. Are you so perfect?
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