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Dogs and Tear Stains

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

 

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Reviewed on May 12, 2014
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