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help, my dog's eyes are a mess again! any tips on reducing the gross runny brown drainage that comes out of their eyes? he also has a potential wheat allergy and i need a low cal non beef treat. his tear ducts are also plugged, this is the 3x in 4 years, i've had them irrigated 3x. i was going to have them done again when he had his teeth cleaned but last time he had a difficult time recovering from it so i opted to not have it done.. angel eyes, not an option, doesn't work. any suggestions?
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We switched our male to bottled spring water. The minerals in our city tap were making his tearing worse. It greatly improved when we switched water.??? Something simple to try... It took a couple days to notice a difference but there certainly was one.Susan
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I agree with Susan about the minerals in tap water. We have not had staining and eye gunk since changing to distilled water.
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what is the difference between distilled and regular bottled water?

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Distilled water must be put through a filtration or mechanical process in order to revove contaminants and minerals. Where as bottled or spring water still contain natural minerals which in some cases cause staining and tearing in dogs.
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I did the distilled water for a while, but I know it zaps minerals that people need so I'm pretty sure it will do the same to our pups. Now she just gets filtered water and I clean her eye are twice a day. She has some brown staining, but I'm just kind of "dealing with it" as it seems to bother me more than it bothers her.

I have also started giving her Eyebright, it's an herb and totally safe for dogs and humans. You can also do an eye wash with eyebright, it's been used for centuries. You can get it in a dry capsule form, this is how I buy it, and then open the capsules and put it in water for a wash or put it over their food.

I am feeding Posh a grain free food now, and giving her lamb jerky treats.

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I had both out for awhile.... Oliver wouldn't touch the distilled water but he will drink bottled water......

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Interesting read on water: www.aquatechnology.net/frame156976.html
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My groomer suggested giving Havanna a tablespoon of yogurt a day to help keep tear production down. The yogurt also helps keep yeast from growing in the ears, thus helping prevent ear infections.

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There is so much conflicting information out there in cyberspace. Here is an article I read on distilled water-http://www.mercola.com/article/water...lled_water.htm
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