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Unhappy Tear Stains

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I have a 5 1/2 month old male puppy. We just love him!
I am wondering if anyone else has had signifiant tear stains erupt on their puppy?
It stains his eyes and is quite unsightly- there are also stains under his chin. Help! How do you get rid of this ailment? I have done some research and have found lots of topical stuff to try and make it lighter-so far nothing works. two products that works from the inside- One that is wheat free and dye free is called Angels Eyes. Anyone hear about this? Any suggestions?
Vet is no help.
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Hi, jasper had bad eye staining as a puppy but seems to have grown out of it.
I found eye clense pads to work pretty well (drsfosterandsmith.com) I use it on his beard too-- it doesn't get rid of it but keeps it bacteria free. I tried a drop of white vinegar in his water when he was young--- but mostly we just clip around his eyes. I didn't like the idea (nor did my vet) of angel eyes as it has some antibiotic in it and could interfere if your boy needs treatment. be patient it does get better--- try using filtered water.



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I have the same problems with Charlie. I have yet to find a cure but I clean under his eyes every night with a clean washcloth, water, and tearless puppy shampoo. I also put eyewash drops. The drops are suposed to flush out any foreign objects. It helps. There isnt much I do for the beard staining. I agree that its the food and once I changed food it wasnt as severe. Good luck!
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A lot of times they will grow out of it as the tear ducts enlarge as they grow. Also check to see if there are any hairs that turn into the eye so that the hairs stay in the eye all the time.
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Hi
I do not know if you take your Dog to a good groomer . Usually they know all the secrets .
I have a wonderful groomer and I will ask her the next time I see her .
I have heard the same things about the water and diet .
I also have a friend who has a white Havanese and I will ask her what she did for the problem .
I will be in touch
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Has anyone heard of using hydrogen peroxide 3%, milk of magnesia, and corn starch? I just found this on the internet somewhere. I'm curious if it could be dangerous at all and if it works.
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It works, but I wouldn't use it unless someone can show you how. I have been shown, and still not comfortable doing it. Too close to the eye's could be bad.
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I think it is just the dog. Kodi is almost white but he doesn't get tear staining. However, when I first saw pics of Shelby, I thought her face was brown, white and black. The vet wrote on the papers that it was tear staining. Since she has been bathed and I have trimmed some of this hair away from her eyes, it is not as noticeable. Her eyes tear alot more than Kodi's.
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I would not use the peroxide- Peroxide is a bleach and even if it lightens the area, it does not get tothe root cause .

I have a good groomer, not much new info. Breeder said she does not know of anything - just stop obsessing (?) about it. Vet said just wah it with warm water. All food has something in it unless one makes their own food.
And I have searched all over.
I have, however , decided to try the Angels Eyes product and have seen a significant change in the amount of tearing. We have done one haircut since then, and have cut off some of the old very stained black areas. My pup is looking significantly better and it is only 3 weeks. Yes, the stuff is bitter to the tongue- I did taste it as someone suggested. I mush a couple of liver treats and mix it together and after the first refusal, my puppy has decided he likes it and eats it every night. I will keep you posted!
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My Lily had tear stains as a pup, until she turned about 1 1/2 years old. Then it stopped completely. It was nice, But..... She has started up again! Not sure if it is the fact that every so often I give her a piece of puppy treat that the baby is on but that is the only thing that has changed since it started. I use the little treats from Nutro that look like a little pork or lamb chop. I am going to stop using them to see what happens.
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