Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Healthy Dogs

Select An Article
Font Size

Dogs and Tear Stains

WebMD discusses common dog eye problems, and offers tips on helping clear up your pooch’s eye issues.
(continued)

4. What can I do to get rid of my dog’s tear stains?

Although those reddish-brown stains can be stubborn, there are certain remedies that may minimize their appearance. These include:

  • Antibiotics. The antibiotics tetracycline and tylosin are sometimes used to address tear staining, as they reduce or eliminate the likelihood that tear stains will form. There are concerns about the use of antibiotics for this purpose on an ongoing basis, however, because it could lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, which would be far more dangerous to your pup than a few unsightly stains.
  • Whitening products. Swabbing the stains with hydrogen peroxide or using special grooming products designed for pet fur may help with tear stains.
  • Regular washing of your dog’s face.

 

1|2
Reviewed on May 12, 2014
Next Article:

Today on WebMD

boxer dog
Slideshow
dog on couch
Evaluator
 
bad dog
Slideshow
Sad dog and guacamole
Slideshow
 
Pit bull looking up
Article
Pets: Is My Dog Normal
Slideshow
 
Dog scratching behind ear
Slideshow
dog catching frisbee
Slideshow
 

Love your pets, hate your allergies?

Get tips for relief.

Loading ...

Sending your email...

This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

Thanks!

Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

Dog Breed RMQ
Quiz
puppy eating
Slideshow
 
pooldle
Slideshow
bulldog in party hat
Slideshow