- Eyes can be cleaned using cotton wool dipped in cooled, boiled water. Using outward movements, and never re-using the same part of your wipes so not to spread infections or re-introduce dirt.
- Clip any hard bits under the eye out rather than scrubbing and pulling which could cause trauma to the eye.
- Cut any hair sticking in your dog’s eyes and any hair overgrowing from the top which could obscure their sight.
- Never pull too hard with any dematting tool around the eye area. You will cause eye trauma.
- Remember to secure your dog’s face so they can’t jerk and end up with an eye injury!
Tear stain is a problem that mostly owners of white dogs have problems with. Because it is not seen as a health problem by veterinary professionals, but more a cosmetic problem, vets do not tend to be too concerned about it or offer any treatment.
A combination of methods can help reduce and sometimes cure the staining all together. For a start, a few simple things can be done to cover the basics:
- Keep hairs around the eyes trimmed to prevent hairs irritating the eye and making it weep.
- Wash away any tears and sleep as soon as you can. A good facial scrub can be used for this.
- Make sure there is no medical reason like a problem with the tear ducts which can become blocked. This will need surgery.
- Use a combination of remedies which we will discuss shortly.
Why tear stain?
- Most veterinary eye specialists believe the actual cause of staining is excess tearing. When the facial hair is wet from excess tearing it is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. One of the most common yeast infections is Red Yeast which causes a deep reddish-brown stain.
- Low grade bacterial infections in the tear ducts are also common and may cause excess tearing and staining.
- The water in many areas has a high mineral level. If your white dog drinks from a water dish and your local water have a high mineral content you may find the entire face and beard stained
Treatment for tear stain
- Tums are primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your dog1/2 a tablet twice a day to help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears’ environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria
- A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dog’s drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to decide to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can change the pH of the drinking water.
- Some people also give their dogs only bottled water.
- You can buy a powder containing Tylosin that you mix into the animal’s food.
- Some have reported seeing results in 1 week to 1 month period of time. See: http://www.angelseyesonline.com/
- I do recommend you try probiotic yogurt first before using the Angels Eyes as the ingredient Tylosin is an antibiotic that should be given with care.