How to Clean Stained Whiskers on a Dog

by Louise Lawson
    Dirty whiskers do not a kissable face make.

    Dirty whiskers do not a kissable face make.

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    A dirty face is no one’s friend, especially if it’s man’s best friend's. When a dog’s whiskers come into contact with dozens of dirty surfaces every day, the grime they pick up can cause staining. Cleaning your dog’s whiskers makes him more presentable and makes puppy kisses much more enjoyable.

    Step 1

    Soak a wash cloth in warm water and wipe your dog’s whiskers after every meal. Some dog foods will stain his coat, and wiping him clean reduces the chances of whisker and muzzle stains.

    Step 2

    Wet his whiskers and muzzle with clean, warm water. Massage in a dollop of dog shampoo. Weekly shampooing of the face is enough to wash away light staining. Let the shampoo sit for a minute before rinsing for maximum stain-busting power, but don't get shampoo near the eyes and don't let the inner ears get wet.

    Step 3

    Run a small toothbrush under running water and dip it in a bowl of plain baking soda. Stir to make a thick paste, then brush the paste onto the dog’s whiskers. Let the paste dry on his coat, then brush it away with a stiff brush. Wash his muzzle with water to remove any traces of the paste. Baking soda is a natural cleaning agent that will help lift stains.

    Items You Will Need

    • Wash cloth
    • Dog shampoo
    • Small toothbrush
    • Bowl
    • Baking soda
    • Stiff brush
    • Whitening shampoo

    Photo Credits

    • George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.

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