If your dog’s cute loving face is marred by brown stains coming from his eyes it is probably the result of blocked tear ducts. Blocked tear ducts leave tears nowhere to go except onto the cheek, and the moisture can react to the bacteria found naturally in your dog’s skin. Luckily, several safe and natural ways exist to help remove these stains and prevent new ones.
Prepare a saline dog eye wash solution to remove brown tear stains. The solution closely matches the natural composition of your dog’s tears. Add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of distilled water and mix well. Put the solution in an eyedropper and drop it into the affected eye up to five times per day.
Give your dog an antacid tablet to get rid of tear stains. Antacids contain calcium carbonate, which will change the pH balance of your dog’s system, making it more difficult for yeast or bacteria to grow on your dog’s skin. Give your dog half an antacid tablet crushed in his food two times a day.
Treat your dog’s eye tear stains with some natural herbs. Eyebright is an anti-inflammatory herb that eases the discomfort associated with excessive tearing. Put 1 teaspoon of eyebright into 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Let it cool completely, then apply a cotton ball moistened with the solution to your dog’s affected eye area several times a day.
Make sure your dog’s eye area is always clean and dry to help reduce the occurrence of eye tear stains. Use a warm, wet wash cloth to cleanse your dog’s eye area morning and night, drying the area with a clean cotton ball. Wet hair is breeding ground for red yeast, which causes brown tear stains.
Take your dog to the groomer for a trim when the hair around his eyes gets too long. This hair can gather moisture from your dog's eyes making it more susceptible to yeast and bacterial infections.
Make an appointment with your vet if you think your dog's eye tear stains are caused by allergies, infection or inflammation. The vet may need to prescribe antibiotic medications to treat them.
Items You Will Need
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup water
- Supply of antacid tablets
- 1 teaspoon eyebright natural herb
- 1 cup water
- Cotton ball
- Warm, wet wash cloth
- Make an appointment with your vet if you think your dog's eye tear stains are caused by allergies, infection or inflammation. The vet may need to prescribe antibiotic medications to treat them.
Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.