by Kim Lee March 14, 2019 2 min read

Tear stains can leave your dog looking haggard and unkempt. And if left unattended, can lead to skin infections such as moist dermatitis and yeast infections. Find out how you can keep them looking fresh all day long!

How are tear stains formed?

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Typically caused by an excessive production of tears (a condition known as epiphora), tear stains are reddish-brown streaks under a dog’s eyes. Flat-faced breeds (Maltese, Shih Tze, etc) are more prone to this condition and the stains are more apparent on our lighter coat friends. The tears shed comprises of waste products from the breakdown of red blood cells which carry molecules (porphyrins) that contain iron. The presence of iron discolours the tears leading to tear stains leaving their mark.

Stains are also visible clues to possible skin conditions that your dog may have. For instance, those leaning towards the brownish side are likely to be an indication of a yeast infection. If the tear stains are affecting them in other ways, get them checked by a vet to rule out any health implications.

Daily maintenance

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Daily maintenance is in order if your dog tears excessively, and should be done even if they don’t. Wipe down the area around the eyes at least twice a day withArtero’s eye cleaner - this process will gradually reduce and clean the current stains or prevents staining in the first place. During trips to the groomer, a trim around the eyes can also help to remove stubborn crusty stains. Not advised to do it yourself unless you’re a professional groomer.

Colloidal silver

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Colloidal silver consists of miniscule silver particles suspended in a liquid base and is absolutely safe to use around the eyes. Wipe your pup’s face with a cotton ball dapped in a couple of drops ofDom & Cleo’s Colloidal Silver. Its antimicrobial properties help to forestall potential skin infections from tear stains.

Grain or no grain?

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Tear stains can also stem from food allergies or intolerance. Food that is loaded with inferior carbohydrate fillers, artificial additives and colours leads to systemic overload which contributes to the worsening of tear stains. If you suspect a possible grain intolerance or allergy, wean him off food containing grains and check if his condition improves. A good place to start is withThe Honest Kitchen’s Grain Free Brave Fish & Coconut Dehydrated Dog Food!

Food and water bowls

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Water and food bowls are the breeding ground for bacteria. Plastics typically wears away over time which leaves ridges for bacteria to thrive in. Switch them out for thisHing Designs stainless steel double dog bowl, and clean them daily to avoid bacteria town from forming.


Kim LeeKIM LEE
Kim is an avid dog lover, serial guac and chips eater, and thrill seeker - all in one body. Currently chillin’ with her dogs.

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