Dealing with dog tear stains

“How do I deal with my dog’s tear stains?

dog tear stainsDealing with dog tear stains can be a challenge. As a pet sitter and dog walker in Fort Lauderdale I often get asked about a dogs tear stains, what causes tear stains and how to I get rid of them. Allergies can cause tear stains or it could even be a bacterial eye infection. Other times it is simply because a dog is susceptible to tearing.

Tear stains can be very hard to clean and many times your dog will develop discoloration around the eye. If your dog has tear stains the best thing to do is clean your dog’s eyes daily or even twice a day if needed. Use a soft towel wet with warm water and gently wipe the area around the eyes. Keep the hair around your dog’s eyes trimmed, this will aid in keeping bacteria from forming there. Should a bacterial infection occur your veterinarian cat prescribe eye drops. Regular visits to the groomer will also help fight dog tear stains.

The food you are feeding your dog could also be a source of tear staining. Many dogs are allergic to the preservatives and dyes used in some foods. Switch your dog over to a preservative free food like Life’s Abundance. Also consider giving your dog bottled water, because tap water may have too many minerals.

Some pet stores also sell remedies for tear staining like Angel’s Eyes. It is always wise to check with your veterinarian before giving your pet any of these medications. You don’t have to accept dog tear stains, there are many ways to deal with them.

For more dog tips read my blog about how often you should trim your dog’s nails. Remember preventative measures can save you a lot of money at the veterinarian.

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