By Nancy Cope
Many factors contribute to tear staining in dogs.
Sometimes it’s a reaction to allergies, and sometimes it’s caused by a bacterial or yeast infection in the eye. Other times it is simply because a dog is predisposed to tearing.
Whatever the cause tear stains can be very hard to clean, and can cause the area around your dog’s eyes to become crusty and discolored.
The first thing you should do is clean your dog’s eyes on a consistent basis, probably twice a day. Simply dip a towel in warm water and gently wipe the area around the eyes.
It may also be a good idea to trim the hair around your dog’s eyes. When moisture gets trapped in thick hair it attracts yeast and bacteria, which can worsen the problem of tear staining.
A hint that your dog has bacteria around his eyes is often a bad smell that lingers only around his face but not on his body. Your vet may need to give you anti-bacterial eye drops to combat this.
Also consider giving your dog bottled water, because tap water may have too many minerals.
Your dog’s food could also be a source of tear staining, because many dogs are allergic to the preservatives and dyes used in some foods. Switch your dog over to a preservative free food; it will be healthier in the long run anyway.
Some pet stores also sell remedies for tear staining over the counter, but you should check with your vet before giving your pet any of these medications.
You don’t have to accept tear stains on your dog, there are many ways to combat them. The most important thing however, is simply the love and consideration you have for your dog.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.