Dog Tear Stain Home Remedies: What Causes Dog Tear Stains?
Some dogs are naturally more likely to have visible tear stains because of their breed and coloration.
Obviously, white or light colored dogs will show tear staining more than others because the pigments in the tears can easily dye white and light colored fur.
Some breeds are more susceptible to tear staining because they have hair in skin folds around their eyes, shallow eye sockets, or a tendency to get blocked tear ducts.
Some of these breeds are:
- Cocker Spaniels
- Shallow eye sockets
- Hair growth around the eye
- Blocked tear ducts
- Eyelids that turn inward
Dog Tear Stain Home Remedies: Dog Tear Stains Could Be a Sign of an Underlying Issue
The first and most important thing to do is to find the underlying cause of your dog’s excessive tearing. If the excessive tearing is because of your dog’s genetic makeup or breed, then the goal is to reduce skin irritation and coat discoloration.
The tearing might be caused by eye irritation. If your dog’s eyes are always irritated, you need to eliminate the source of the irritation.
Some common factors that can irritate a dog’s eyes and cause excessive tearing are:
- Dry eyes
- Hair getting into the eye
- Eye infection
- Corneal ulcers
- Eyelids growing inward
Dog Tear Stain Home Remedies: The Recipes
To safely and easily remove dog tear stains, follow this recipe:
Hydrogen Peroxide and Corn Starch
- 1 Teaspoon Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 Teaspoon Corn Starch
- Mix the above ingredients together completely until a thick paste is formed.
- Apply the mixture to the stained areas of your pet’s face. Be very careful not to get the mixture into your pet’s eyes.
- Allow to sit at least two hours.
- Gently wipe the paste off with a damp cloth, moving out away from the eyes, being very careful not to get the residue in your pet’s eyes.
- Gently brush the fur, moving out away from the eyes.