The problem many dog owners know: ugly reddish-brown spots under the eyes of your pup. They are particularly visible in dogs with a light coat. These so-called tear stains not only disturb the aesthetic overall impression, but can also point to health problems. In this article, you will find answers to the following two questions: What causes tear stains in the dog, and how can I naturally remove my dog’s tear stains?
How to Get Rid of Tear Stains on Dogs
In order to get rid of tear stains of your dog, you should first clarify the causes. There are different reasons why these stains can arise.
One reason could be that your dog’s food is not suitable for him. Food that contains too little or the wrong nutrients for your animal can unbalance the intestinal flora, causing a deviation in normal pH and acidity. If this is the case, this can be manifested by various symptoms, including strong tears around the eye.
Of course, your dog should ideally get no table scrapes. Human food is too harsh for dog stomachs and can even be dangerous. Make sure that your fluffy friend gets a chemical-free, healthy and species-appropriate diet.
Unruly Fur in the Eye Area
If your dog has a long coat on his face or occasional long hair that grows in the eye area, it could also cause a permanent irritation of the eye and lead to an excessive production of tear fluid. You should always trim hair around the eyes with a blunt pair of scissors.
Diseases of the lacrimal gland can lead to the fact that the tear fluid can not drain properly and therefore it collects under the eye. A lacrimal inflammation, for example, can be very painful for your pup. Constipation of the tear-nasal passage, ear infections or other eye diseases, such as conjunctivitis, are also possible. It is therefore always advisable to have the solution for the tear stains at the vet.
Tear stains can also occur due to congenital abnormalities when the tear fluid can not drain properly. For example, the tear-and-nose gait might be too tight, which can often cause it to become blocked. There are also dog breeds that are particularly susceptible to such problems due to certain characteristics.
How can I get rid of my dog’s tear stains?
As mentioned above, it is possible to reduce the onset of tears with a high quality diet adapted to your pet.
Keeping the eye area clean and tucking the coat in the face can also lead to a significant improvement.
If stains occur nevertheless, you should get a tear stain remover for dogs. There are some good products on the market that are specially made and well tolerated.
However, eye cleanser is not always necessary. It is sometimes enough to wipe the area around the eye with clean water and a soft cloth. Suitable for this, for example, are the skin-friendly and breathable cotton sheets from Hisome. So you can often save the tear stain remover for the dog.
If general eye care does not help your dog, we suggest seeking advice from your veterinarian, as a more serious health issue could be at hand.
*This guest post was sponsored by Hisome.*