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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!
Last edited by EvaE1izabeth; 01-12-2019 at 09:35 AM.