A lot of dogs, especially those with light colored skin coats, often experience dog tear stains.
You can sometimes see prominent brown or pink stains on the skin under the inside corner of the eye area. This is the result of constant tears which run onto the cheeks causing in a dark, unsightly discoloration.
Humans have a natural drainage system to get rid of surplus tears through the nasal passage but in dogs, tears drain out through small channels in the eyelids.
In some dogs these ducts become choked up and as a result the tears flow over the eyelids and settle on the face. Skin and hair can react to the tears, and bacteria can form that can cause eye infections.
There are a few reasons why your dog may acquire tear stains. These can include blocked tear ducts, abnormal drainage system, inflammation of the eye, bacterial formations, irritants and allergies.
Some dog breeds are more likely to suffer from tear stains, particularly those with prominent eyes such as Shih-Tzu, Poodles, Lhasa Apso, Bichon Frise, and Shar-peis. These breeds seem to be especially prone to tear stains.
Frequently when tears build up on the face, matting of the hair, irritation and infection takes place. Your vet will recommend an antibiotic cream to protect the eyes and a tear stain product.
It is crucial to keep the area around the eyes clean to prevent any infections from evolving, It will help by keeping the hair around the eyes trimmed short
Natural remedies have also proven to be highly effective in cleansing dog tear stains as well as encouraging overall visual health.
Herbal remedies are safe and gentle to use on the eye area without any harmful side effects.
A combination of herbal ingredients such as Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright), Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) and Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) acts as a natural eye cleanser and tonic, soothes and supports healthy vision.
To recap here are the main things to consider to keep your dog free from tear stains and in good visual health
Keep the area around the eyes clean by wiping tear stains away with a moist cloth and a natural eye cleaner.
Trim hair around the eye area to avoid eye discomfort and irritation
Don't expose your dog to irritants such as pollen, plant seeds, toxins, chemicals, pollution and dust
Check your dog's eyes on a regular basis
Protect your dog's eyes carefully when applying shampoo or flea repellents
Keep your dog's head inside moving vehicles as foreign objects or substances may easily become lodged in the eye
Visit your vet annually for an eye examination
Keep your pet away from potentially dangerous situations such as fighting with other animals and bushes with sharp thorns