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Tear StainsNovember 23, 2016, 11:39 PM
- Q: what can we do to clean dark stains around my puppies eyes? I've used a warm water paper towel and that doesn't seem to get the stain out. any suggestion? Thanks...
- A: Tear staining is caused by a reaction between the chemical nature of the tear and the proteins in the hair. The chemical makeup of tears varies from dog to dog, that is why some white dogs have no problem and others do. There are cleaning type products available but they rarely work. The most reliable products are added to your puppies food and act by changing the makeup of the tear. These products can stop further staining but the already stained hair has to grow out which means you must use the product for a month or so before you see the full benefit. Two of the more commonly used products are "Angel Eyes and White Eyes" There are also several herbal products now available. These products are safe to use and will work for the majority of affected puppies. Also many puppies will respond to a sprinkling of unseasoned meat tenderizer added to their food.