Home Remedies to Effectively Remove Dog Tear Stain
Tear staining is common among dogs (and cats) that are light-colored. Tear stains are due to the fact that the dog or the cat produces excessive amounts of tears. There are certain breeds that extensively produce tears, which includes Lhasa Apso, Poodle, Maltese and Shih Tzu. Tear stains can also mean that the dog has a serious eye health problem that needs to be taken care of.
If you have already consulted a professional and are 100% sure that your dog is just suffering from excessive tear production, then this easy pet hack tutorial is for you! This tutorial will present four methods that you can easily follow to keep your dog’s eyes clean and avoid those annoying tear stains.
Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:
- apple cider vinegar
- your dog’s plate or drinking bottle
- dropper or 1 ml. syringe
- a glass of purified water
- 10% or 20% hydrogen peroxide
- a piece of cotton ball
- pet clipper or pet razor
- baby powder
METHOD 1: Drinking Water Method
Regularly drinking water with apple cider vinegar improves the eye’s secretion, therefore avoiding the stain itself.
Step 1: Get at least ½ to 1 ml. apple cider vinegar using a dropper or a syringe. To get accurate measurements, it is better to use a syringe.
Step 2: Put a considerable amount of purified water on the dog’s drinking plate or drinking bottle and drop the apple cider vinegar in it. Make sure to stir the mixture well to make it homogenized.
Step 3: Give the water to your dog when they have tear stains.
METHOD 2: Clipper Method
Removing the hair below the eyes of your dog can help eliminate tear stains. This is just a temporary solution and you must do this every other week to achieve the best results.
Step 1: Let your dog rest in your lap. Make sure that they are comfortable enough to rest there. Massage their head and ears every now and then to make them comfortable.
Step 2: Hold the pet clipper properly to avoid accidents.
Step 3: Shave the stained hairs around the lower eyes of your dog. Take note that the direction of the clipper should be towards the nose of the dog and not the other way around. This will avoid the dog from being harmed while doing this. Make sure to hold the dog’s head properly so that they will not make any unnecessary movements which could lead to accidents.
METHOD 3: Hydrogen Peroxide Method
The hydrogen peroxide will help remove the stains on the eyes of the dog. You need to clean your dog’s eyes properly before performing this method.
Step 1: Drop a considerable amount of 10% or 20% hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball. It should be well-soaked but not dripping wet.
Step 2: Carefully wipe the stained part of your dog’s eyes. Continue wiping until the stains are removed.
METHOD 4: Hiding Method
This hiding method is just a temporary solution to hide the stains away. If you are attending an event together with your dog and you want to hide the stains, this is a fast and effective solution.
Step 1: Wet the cotton ball in a glass of purified water. It should not be dripping wet but must be wet enough to wipe clean the eyes of your dog.
Step 2: With a gentle hand, clean the stained part of the dogs eyes using the wet cotton. Let it dry for a minute.
Step 3: Get a pinch of baby powder on your index finger.
Step 4: Carefully apply the baby powder on top of the stains on the bottom part of the eyes. Do the same for both eyes.
After Removing The Tear Stains
After using any of the above remedies, it is good to end the whole session with a reward for your dog such as beef jerkie or some other treat. This will provide positive reinforcement and make future sessions easier.
While it is safe to say the tear stains just cause minor annoyance to us and other people, it is still better to consult a professional veterinarian to make sure that your dog is safe and sound. It is always better to have a piece of advice from your veterinarian before you rule out the possibility that your dog is just experiencing excessive tear production. It is better to be safe than sorry!