If your canine has light-colored fur, odds are you’ve had to battle with tear stains around his eyes. Getting rid of stains starts with his diet and also requires you to do daily cleanings.
Your local pet store should have products you can add to your pup’s diet that get rid of some of the yeast that triggers the eye stains. But because these types of products often contain a type of antibiotic, get clearance from your vet before using them. Your vet could also suggest making changes to your dog’s kibble to prevent tear stains from occurring.
Make your furry friend’s grooming part of your daily routine. While you’re getting ready for work and again when you’re getting ready for bed, clean the area around his eyes with a warm water-soaked cotton ball. You can also purchase special wipes designed for this purpose. Adding a smidge of petroleum jelly to the fur under his eyes can prevent stain-producing fluids from sticking until his next cleaning.
Before getting rid of those unsightly stains though, take your cuddly chum to the vet. Tear stains mean that your pooch is making an excessive amount of tears or that his tear ducts aren’t draining properly. Your vet needs to check his eyes to make sure they’re completely healthy.
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.