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I became concerned because my cream Havanese has bad tear staining. A few pet stores have suggested that I should be sure to use food with NO beets. Stella and Chewys, although seemingly excellent in quality, does have beet pulp.
I wrote the company and a customer rep wrote back the following "I, too, have heard about tear staining in conjunction with beet pulp. Fortunately, we use so little beet pulp in our diets that you shouldn’t notice any tear staining at all. Once it’s in higher concentrations, you could notice some stains around the eyes, but Stella & Chewy’s is designed to lessen and eliminate tear staining. Stella, for instance (the dog on the left of the picture) is a sandy-cream colored dog. She has no tear staining, and her eye and mouth area is much cleaner than other dogs her color".
So, although they deny that their food could be contributing, they do not deny the possibility of beets contributing to the problem. This is why I've looked at NV, which has no beets. But the actual ingredient list on Stella and Chewys I think is somewhat superior.