Roscoe and Stella's Mom
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Miami, FL
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I spoke to my vet about Roscoe's tear staining. She said that it is a natural pigment that is present in ALL DOGS, some dogs just have stronger pigment than others, and some dogs have hair/fur that is more prone to staining than others.
I asked her about all the rumored remedies - parsley, yogurt, changing foods, etc. She said that while it's possible that a change in diet could help, each dog is different (obviously), so each will react differently to the remedies. She said there is no harm in adding yogurt and parsley to his meals, but did say that many of her Maltese owners have been very happy with the results of Angel Eyes. We decided to do a round of it on Roscoe - it is NOT recommended for long term use, but has a mild antibiotic (tylosine) in it which can help to clear up any bacteria that would be increasing the staining. He's only been on it for about 5 days, but so far his face is a bit drier and I have definitely noticed that the gunky crud is his eyes has been hugely reduced. I wash his eyes out with saline solution and a cotton pad every morning, and they have been much cleaner the last couple of days.