Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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OMG, Reilly is adorable, Terri. Love those big, expressive eyes.
The staining can be terrible to deal with. The beard is probably from water dripping when he drinks and the feet may be because he was licking them, perhaps due to stress as you were told. I had a Bichon who eventually went blind in his old age, one eye due to an injury and the other with cataracts, and when that happened he took to licking his feet to comfort himself. They were always stained.
Tyler has developed staining on his beard within the last several months, something that he never had, due to water dripping on it while drinking because he knocked 3 of his upper front teeth out and now cannot lick the excess water off his tongue so it just drips down all over him and the floor. I have taken to wiping his chin after every drink he takes to dry the fur and was told recently by my groomer that buttermilk will get rid of it. Using both these methods has helped, as the stains are lightening.
The buttermilk method, if you are interested, is to mix half buttermilk and half distiller water and spray it on the stain a couple of times a day. I tried the spraying, but it got all over the place so I now use a child's toothbrush and paint it on. I thought he would smell like sour milk are be sticky, but that didn't happen. Good luck and welcome to you and Reilly again.
Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)