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Tear and Saliva Stains

Tina develops tear/saliva stains that are difficult to remove. I've tried a Well&Good product that only marginally helps. Any suggestions for a more effective solution would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:32 AM
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Welcome to the controversy and confusion of tear stains!

The hard part about tear stains is treating them is directly related to what causes them, and there are a couple of different culprits. All of the treatments take months to see a difference, so you sort of have to guess which one it might be, then commit to it for a while, and if it doesn’t work then try the next thing. There are topicals and there is a digestive aid you can add to food. There’s also an antibiotic that works for some dogs, but then you have an entirely new issue, about whether or not it’s a good idea to treat a cosmetic issue long term with antibiotics. My friend with a Maltese switched to bottled water and laughs that her dog is a princess but that’s all it took to clear the staining around her mouth and eyes - yet it took months to see a difference. I read so much conflicting information about this and then finally tracked down a legitimate article on it that clarifies a lot of the claims that are made out there and it’s impossible to find. Every time I go to find it I tell myself I need to download a copy and I always forget! I will see if I can find it today.

How old is your dog? Mine started to have a lot less staining and less runny eyes somewhere around 5-7 months old, but then his coat faded from red to more cream so even though the stains were less they started to show more!

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Thanks for the very useful information. Tina just turned one a couple of weeks ago. Maybe my current treatment is working, I'm just too impatient. Someone told my wife that hydrogen peroxide works, have you ever heard of that?
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:03 AM
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Iíve heard of bleaching stains and I know some people do it for shows, but I wouldnít dare. I can barely keep shampoo out of my 1 year old dogís eyes. I tried a protein shampoo thatís supposed to help but I didnít notice any difference. I think those types of shampoos work better on other types of stains, because he did look so much better afterwards overall, but it really didnít touch the tear stains. None of the whitening shampoos make a difference with face stains for me, but they do brighten him up in general.
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The only thing I can suggest is washing the area under the eyes and the beard thoroughly, once or twice a day. with a wet wash cloth. YMMV.

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Willow has staining too. Not so much the eyes but quite a bit on the beard. Plus she is a feet licker so her feet are stained too. I haven't found anything to stop it. She gets filtered water in a water dispenser requiring her to lick the spout rather than water in a bowl. She gets a daily probiotic and I try and keep her face as clean as possible. I've been using a product called Eye Envy All Natural Off the Beard Stain Remover. Perhaps it helps somewhat but not a whole lot. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've decided it's just something she will have and now I ignore it.
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Scout had a problem with tear staining on his left eye. Someone on HF recommended Proviable DC for staining. I started giving it to him a couple of years ago and the staining cleared up. Recently I ran out and stopped. The stain returned, but isn't as bad. I'm going to reorder and start giving it again. Others here on HF have had good results and some mentioned they didn't notice a difference. It took a few months to notice it was helping.

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Scout had a problem with tear staining on his left eye. Someone on HF recommended Proviable DC for staining. I started giving it to him a couple of years ago and the staining cleared up. Recently I ran out and stopped. The stain returned, but isn't as bad. I'm going to reorder and start giving it again. Others here on HF have had good results and some mentioned they didn't notice a difference. It took a few months to notice it was helping.
Yeah, we tried Proviable DC for 6 months and it made no difference in staining. I'm not saying it doesn't work for other dogs, it just didn't work for Ricky. We find that frequent face washing works best for Ricky.

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Yeah, we tried Proviable DC for 6 months and it made no difference in staining. I'm not saying it doesn't work for other dogs, it just didn't work for Ricky. We find that frequent face washing works best for Ricky.

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Proviable DC is the probiotic that we use too. I started using it because it was helping some of the users with stains but I don't think it did anything for Willow's. I'm continuing with it just because the vet suggested a daily probiotic after she had a diarrhea episode a few years ago.



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Proviable DC is the probiotic that we use too. I started using it because it was helping some of the users with stains but I don't think it did anything for Willow's. I'm continuing with it just because the vet suggested a daily probiotic after she had a diarrhea episode a few years ago.
We have mixing a tbsp of plain yogurt in Scout and Truffles food twice a day for a few years now Jackie. If we don't add it to their food they sometimes will have loose stools. Scout's breeder mentioned she also adds yogurt to her dogs diet.

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