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Hello all! I’m excited to join the group! I just adopted a Havanese pup, I named him Pogi which means Handsome in Filipino. I got him when he was 8 weeks and 4 days and today he turned 12 weeks! He is so smart, quick but he hates grooming! I need some tips on how to clean his tear stains!

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I named him Pogi which means Handsome in Filipino.
!Mabuhay pinoy! My son-in-law, Litos, is Illicano pinoy

I need some tips on how to clean his tear stains!
Okay, you need to get a wash cloth wet with warm water (NO SOAP!) and wash at the corner of his tear ducts and the fur under his tear ducts. Do this 2 or 3 times a day. The fur under his eyes is probably stained a dark red or brown color. That will not wash out completely. You will have to wait until the hair under his eyes grows longer and then CAREFULLY trim out the stained part. In the meantime, continue to wash under his eyes to keep the stain from getting worse. He probably wont like it and try to resist, but you are the boss not him. Gently hold his muzzle still with one hand and wash with the other. Use some treats to reward him before you wash and then again after you wash him if he holds still and cooperates.

Ricky had some problems with tear staining in the past. We started giving him filtered water to drink (we use a Britta water filter - bought it at Costco) using that and washing his face with a wash cloth has eliminated the eye stain problem. Never, never, never use a commercial product like "Angel Eyes" on his face. Ricky's Vet says those kinds of products are bad, bad, bad.

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Dexter had terrible tear staining when he was younger and I found switching to bottled water made a big difference. He still gets it a little bit but I clean his eyes/face everyday and that helps a lot. He has a lot of white on his face and if I donít keep up with it everyday it starts turning red. He doesnít like it much but has gotten used to this routine so he patiently tolerates it. Welcome to the forum!
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Oh what a sweet picture! I've heard that tear staining sometimes will clear up after they stop teething.

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Treats! Heís so young, you can still shape it. Even if it isnít his favorite thing, heíll accept it. if you break up a treat into little pieces and give him a piece after each eye, then a piece after his head is brushed, a piece after each of his legs, etc. You can do it right before meal time and use kibble, too, if thatís what you feed. At that age heís not going to mat if you start out using a brush for 2 minutes and each day increase a couple of minutes. Make sure you get him used to a comb, too, because youíll need it when heís blowing coat. You can also gradually decrease the treats so he gets one at the end.

Lots of praise and whatever handling he likes, so itís like ďbonding time.Ē Mine loved belly rubs, like most puppies, so I would brush his tummy with a wooden pin brush, which he also loves, and then give him a belly rub. At one point he would actually roll over or lift up his neck for me to groom him. Heís not as enthusiastic now that his coat is a little too long for him (grooming takes longer, and he gets mats more often) but heís cooperative.

Also, whatever you use to clean his eyes, maybe try to warm it. I used both prepackaged eye wipes and tissues and mine always tolerated them better if I wet them with warm water. Keeping them dry helps. I slacked off and my adult Havanese tear stains were worse recently, but it looks a lot better growing out as Iíve made a point to keep his face dry.
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Yes, my puppyís eyes cleared up after teething. Before I had to clean them several times a day, now once a day. Itís been a bigger problem as heís gotten older because his coat has faded - before it was a bit darker red and it was the perfect color to disguise tear stains!
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