How to Prevent Red Tear Stains on a White or Light-Colored Dog
Little C.C. After Using Angels' Eyes
First, Be Careful Where You Buy Pet Products
A couple of years ago, I bought Angels' Eyes online, and after using it a few weeks, the red tear stains returned on our little Maltese. I ordered again from another vendor, and soon the stains were gone again. Remember, though, the stained hair must grow out and be cut off. Angels' Eyes is a preventer, not a remover.
I've had comments from two people about this product not working for them. All I can say is to be careful where you purchase this and all pet supplies, especially those your pet will take internally.
Perry, the Rescued Bichon
Unfortunately, Those Red Tear Stains Don't Simply Wash Off
Everyone has seen little white and blonde dogs with the unsightly red tear stains around their eyes, mouths, and even on their feet. This is a photo I took of my neighbor's dog while his mom was holding him. His name is Perry. He is a rescue dog, so his complete genetic history is unknown, but he is mostly Bichon Frise. He is a real sweetheart, but just like our dog, C.C. did, Perry prefers people over other dogs. As you can see, he has the same red tear stains that C.C. had in the past. Another neighbor's dog has very dark red stains on his feet where he has licked them. Perry's mom planned to start him on Angels' Eyes, but they moved away, so I haven't seen him in quite a while.
You may have read about our little Maltese dog, C.C., in another article of mine about caring for Maltese dogs. She had the beginnings of these same types of stains when we first got her. At that time, she weighed 1.3 pounds, and had light red tear stains under her eyes, as well as all around her mouth from her saliva. After using Angels' Eyes, she looked like a little snowball.
Everywhere we took her, people would comment on her beautiful face. So many people asked me how we kept her face so clean, and how to remove red tear stains on a white dog, that I decided to share what I learned.
It seems to be the best-kept secret around. I tried not letting C.C. eat red dog biscuits. That didn't help. I tried the liquid tear-stain removers. Again, no luck. I even tried putting a mixture of peroxide and Milk of Magnesia that I read about somewhere, on her stained hair. No luck there, either. Then, one day, I wandered into a new pet supply store that had opened in our neighborhood. That was the day the tear stains began to go away.
Our Sweet Little Maltese, C.C.
He Showed Me A Product Called Angels' Eyes
The owner of a small independent pet store had the answer I had been searching for. He showed me a product called "Angels' Eyes". It worked wonders, and this photo is of C.C. after taking Angels' Eyes for a few weeks. That store has since closed. After the store closed, I bought it at one of the big box pet stores for a while. Then they stopped carrying it. The other big pet store said they had never heard of Angels' Eyes. I couldn't find this product anywhere except on Amazon.
Angels' Eyes is a food supplement. C.C. preferred the chicken flavor. The label states that it is made of freeze-dried chicken livers. That is the only ingredient listed. It stops tear stains from forming. As long as we added it to her food at least once per week she had no red tear stains at all. It's not cheap, but is well worth the cost. She still got the dried mucus just below the inside corner of her eyes, as all dogs do, but that washed off easily.
If your pet has red tear stains, you will need to put Angels' Eyes in his/her food every day for a couple of weeks, then no less than once per week from then on. The independent store owner told me to give her about 3/4 teaspoon each time. Once, when I forgot to order it, the staining returned after about 2 weeks without it. I didn't forget anymore.
Even Angels' Eyes Doesn't "Remove" the Stains
Instead, It Prevents Further Stains
After your dog begins having Angels' Eyes mixed into his/her food, the dog's body will stop producing the red tears that stain the hair. Angels' Eyes will not remove the red stain from hair that is already stained. The stained hair must be allowed to grow out, and then be cut off. I used to go ahead and cut off as much of it as I could, then there was less stained hair during the growing out time.
This was not much of a problem with our dog, C.C., because her hair grows as fast as mine does. So it wasn't long at all until all the stained hair was gone. Just look at her now!
Do you have a white dog?
Does Your Dog or Cat Have Red Tear Stains?
Does your white dog or cat have problems with red tear stains?
Do You Use Angels' Eyes?
Do you use Angels' Eyes to prevent red tear stains?
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
I used Angels' Eyes for my Maltese for a while, and it worked pretty well but took her off because I found out it has an antibiotic in it that isn't good for dogs. Is it true?
It's true that chronic use of antibiotics is a bad thing to do. According to the label, there are no antibiotics in Angels' Eyes. Always read the label.Helpful 9
Tear stains are like your golf swing. If you grip the club wrong, you need to change a ton to make the ball go straight. I found by simply changing from dog foods loaded with fillers, I went to limited diet blend and tear stains 100% gone! Why give angel eyes which has antibiotic in it?
The active ingredient is freeze-dried chicken liver. The other ingredients are a proprietary blend of cranberry powder, Oregon grape root, and marshmallow root. There are no antibiotics.Helpful 9
I heard that the ingredient that removes the red tear stains on dogs was removed. My vet said it was an antibiotic and harmful and now it doesn’t perform well. I just started using Petpost liquid and it seems to be making the stains worse. Please advise?
I do know they changed the formula to make it safer. At first, I thought it had compromised the efficacy of the product, but safety is more important. I continued using the new version as long as we had C.C., and it seemed to work just fine.Helpful 7
Why does my dog's breath smell so bad?
After dogs have grown past the puppy stage, they usually have bad breath. Some foods make it worse. This sounds like a good question for your local vet.Helpful 6
Does Angels Eyes have an antibiotic in it?
No, not according to the label. The main ingredient is freeze-dried chicken liver.Helpful 5
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