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Causes and Remedies For Dog Tear Stains

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These different causes for dog tearing need to be observed in your dog. If you suspect he or she has an allergic reaction, then find the source of the allergy (called an allergen). Your dog may have a skin infection or irritation, ask your vet what makes the dog itch and scratch, especially if the itching gets to the eyes. Some dogs have really long fur around their eyes, making them itchy if not properly clipped or trimmed. If you have a long coated dog this should be an important factor of grooming, as you would want to groom your dog not just to make him or her presentable, but also make your pooch feel more comfortable.

You can check with your local veterinarian for causes and remedies for dog tear stains and they will be able to provide you with a good solution for this issue. For a home remedy, you can prepare a simple concoction to remove the tear stains from your dog’s fur. Prepare a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and corn starch. Mix them together to form a thick paste and apply it to your dog’s stained fur while taking care this solution does not get into your dog’s eyes. Let it sit for two hours and then wipe it gently using a damp cloth. Brush the fur afterwards. These are a few of the causes and remedies for dog tear stains.

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  1. Avatar Of D



    I have to agree that prevention is better than the “cure”. Peroxide will be absorbed into the skin in varying degrees. It will also make the hair become more brittle.

    a raw food diet will have the advantage of eliminating many of the bulking agents that your dog might be intolerant to, such as wheat and corn, which can increase tear production.

    alternatively there are dedicated tear stain remover supplements such as naturvet

  2. Avatar Of Jennifer Boehme

    Jennifer Boehme


    lol, 2 hours is not do-able. 2 hours of not letting it in your dogs eyes…that’s 2 hours of not moving off the couch at all.

  3. Avatar Of Nancy



    I rescued a beige and white Shih Tzu who had terrible tear stains. After putting him on a raw diet, the tear stains went away.

  4. Avatar Of Nora



    Are you people for real!? I could never get my papillon to leave a hydrogen peroxide/corn starch paste on her face for two hours! Would be lucky it is lasted 10 minutes!

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