Unsightly tearstains are a common problem for pet owners, especially those with furry companions of certain breeds (like Shih Tzus, Maltese and Poodles) because of their shallow eye sockets. Essentially these stains are caused by harmless residue from the eyes which dyes the fur if not cleaned regularly. Here are our top tips for getting rid of these unsightly tear stains.
TOP TIP 1
Because dogs like to stick their faces in everything, it helps to wipe the face and eyes with a wet cloth on a daily bases to remove residue, dirt and dust that cause the staining. This will also keep your dog’s face clean and help if something is irritating their eyes.
TOP TIP 2
Use clippers (not scissors) to cut away fur from around the face and eyes. This is especially important for dogs that have long facial hair, like the Maltese. If you are unsure during this step, or you cannot get your dog to stay still enough then seek the advice of a professional groomer.
TOP TIP 3
Tear stain removers are fantastic products as they will start removing the severity of stains in little to no time. We recommend Fido’s Tear Stain Remover, a gentle and safe product that can be used on dogs and cats to remove tear and saliva stains. Avoid peroxide and bleach as these severe chemicals will do no good for your pet, and always look for “pet safe” products.
Speak to your vet if you are at all concerned by the amount of discharge coming from your pet’s eyes. If you notice a lot of discharge, swelling, red, bloodshot eyes, squinting and rubbing of eyes with a paw or against furniture it may be a sign that your pet has conjunctivitis and needs veterinary help.