How to Remove Brown Stains around a Dog's Mouth

by Lisa Miller
    Brown discoloration around the mouth is common on light-colored dogs.

    Brown discoloration around the mouth is common on light-colored dogs.

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    The problem is familiar to many people who have white or light-colored dogs: You spend hours grooming your buddy to make him show-worthy, but those unsightly brown stains still are discoloring the fur on his muzzle. Such stains are common in many dog breeds, most notably the white breeds. They are caused by trapped saliva that oxidizes in the fur surrounding the mouth. These stains can be annoying for anyone wanting a pristine pooch, but luckily they are easy to eliminate.

    Step 1

    Combine in a bowl equal parts lemon juice and table salt. The quantity needed will depend on the size of the stains.

    Step 2

    Separate and beat one egg white, and add it to the salt and lemon mixture. Combine thoroughly.

    Step 3

    Apply the mixture to brown stains near your dog's mouth. Allow this mixture to completely dry on his fur.

    Step 4

    Brush the dried mixture out of your dog's fur. When it's gone, the stain will be as well.

    Items You Will Need

    • Lemon juice
    • Egg white
    • Table salt
    • Bowl
    • Grooming brush

    Tip

    • You also can apply a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar several times a week to remove brown stains.

    Warnings

    • Avoid your dog's eyes when applying any stain-removal treatment.
    • Always consult with your veterinarian if you notice unusual or new stains, as this can be the result of a fungal infection.

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    About the Author

    Lisa Miller has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work can be found on Associated Content and eHow. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Missouri Southern State University, and is currently a full-time graduate student working on her master's in experimental psychology.

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