How to Prevent Red Tear Stains on a White or Light-Color Dog
Perry, the Rescued Bichon
Unfortunately, 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 my dog, C.C., 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 plans to start him on Angels' Eyes very soon. Update: I haven't seen Perry in several months. I will need to check on his progress soon.
You may have read about our little Maltese dog, C.C., in my lens entitled, Living With and Caring For a Maltese Dog. She had the beginnings of these same types of stains when we first got her. She weighed 1.3 pounds, and had light red tear stains under her eyes, as well as all around her mouth from her saliva. She is now almost 9 years old, and looks like a little snowball.
Everywhere we take her, people comment on her beautiful face. So many people have asked me how we keep her face so clean, and how to remove red tear stains on a white dog, that I decided to share what I have 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 went to the big box pet stores. They had never heard of Angels' Eyes. I couldn't find this product anywhere except on the internet.
Angels' Eyes is a food supplement. C.C. prefers 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 add it to her food at least once per week she has no red tear stains at all. It's not cheap, but is well worth the cost. She still gets the dried mucus just below the inside corner of her eyes, as all dogs do, but that easily washes off.
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 don't forget anymore.
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Little C.C. After Angels' Eyes
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!
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