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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Eye Goobers

Hello! I just brought home a 12 week old Havi, Sam, on Friday. He has an abundance of eye goobers-- grey blobs that form on the sides of his eyes and get stuck in his fur. I've had a lot of different dogs, but never a Havi-- is this common for the breed? Is this what causes tear staining? Or is this potentially allergies or a medical issue?

I've read some of the discussion on here about preventing tear staining, and am using filtered water and am changing him over to a higher quality food (Farmina)-- I don't know if this will help, but it certainly can't hurt!

I've also been daily soaking his eye areas with a cotton ball and then combing the hair with a plastic flea comb to get the eye goobers out. With a 12 week old, this involves a lot of squirming, but it does keep his eyes and fur clean!

I welcome any tips, wisdom, etc. on how to deal with Sam's eye boogies. Thanks!

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No answers, just a welcome and to tell you what a little cutie you have.







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I think eye goobers are fairly common in Havanese. My breeder told me to wipe them off her every day with a soft wet cloth. Of course, I failed to do it regularly and had to deal with the harden stuff. Then I taught myself to wipe her eyes every single day right after I brushed my own teeth, so now I almost never forget and it is fairly easy. I just say “eye wipe”and she hops up on a couch to let me do it, although I suspect she would prefer not to...there are dozens amd dozens of commercial products designed to do the task, but over time, I have found the wet soft cotton wash cloth works best. I use warm water.

I think tear staining is something different from these little grey goobers that wipe off fairly easily if you do it every morning. I only find them in morning.
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Sam is a cutie! My vet told me to put a little Vaseline in that area with a Q-Tip to soften it, then wipe it off with a soft cloth. I searched for more info on using Vaseline before trying it, and in the process, found this useful thread on a grooming forum. https://www.petgroomerforums.com/cha...43757-Eye-Crud
We've been using Vaseline 1-2 times a week as needed, and so far, so good. I try to wipe his eye corners daily with a wet soft cloth, then use the Vaseline method if I start noticing a bit of build-up.
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Willow gets goobers (I actually call them eye boogers!). I take a cosmetic wipe and moisten it. Then I gently wipe the corners of her eyes. If I need to run a comb through the hair close to her eyes, I take my hand and put it over her eyes and say hold still and kind of clamp my hand on both sides of her nose to hold her head with my thumb on one side and my fingers on the other. She actually seems to understand what "hold still" means. At least she does it for me. Maybe it's because I've been repetitive in saying it. I've also used the flea comb or the fine side of my face and feet comb https://smile.amazon.com/Chris-Chris...sr=1-2-catcorr to comb out anything clinging to her hair. I'm like you - nervous about getting the comb so close to her eyes.



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I found with Merry that chicken was the problem. I’d clean her eyes in the morning and then comb her out. She hates it and so I typically give her treats to distract her. I was giving her chicken treats and she’d have new, bigger booger’s by the tine was done. I stopped giving chicken treats and she improved, but still was getting smaller ones. Then I realized I was using chicken flavored toothpaste. Now it’s much better.
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Also the breeder recommended I use Eyes So Bright by Ark Naturals to clean up around the eye. I put some on a cotton pad and blot around the eye to get them up.
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Sam is a cutie! I clean the corner of my two's eyes with a moist towel and comb out the goobers with Chris Christensen face and feet comb.

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Same here. I clean Patti's eyes every day and use Chris Christensen small face and feet comb to comb them out. Some days are worst and others. There's a lot of pollen in the air right now, so I think some of it allergy driven. Patti has black hair around her eyes so I don't see staining.
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