How to Clean a Dog's Tear Stains

Easy
10 - 15 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

There is nothing quite as beautiful as a pup with glorious white hair that is kept well-groomed. The only problem is when your pup has those nasty tear stains under his eyes. There are several reasons why these stains appear. It could be a health issue, nutritional issues, centuries of overbreeding, or his eyes being irritated by overgrown hair. Thankfully, there are several ways to remove these stains. It is important that you keep these stains cleaned up as if the hair stays moist, it can lead to a yeast infection that makes it worse

Dog's Perspective

In reality, your pup probably couldn't care less what color the hair under his eyes is. But what he does care about is if this staining leads to any type of infection or damage to his vision. In most cases, tear stains can be easily removed, and their cause prevented. 

The White Vinegar Method

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Go shopping
Go to your local grocery store and pick up a bottle of white vinegar if you don't already have some at home.
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Call your dog
Call your dog over to an area of the floor where it won't matter if anything drips on it.
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Have him sit
Have your pup sit to help keep him from squirming and fussing.
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Dip a cotton ball
Dip a cotton ball in the vinegar and use it to gently clean the tear-stained area under your pup's eyes. Be very careful to keep the vinegar out of his eyes as it will burn and may cause damage.
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Work gently
Work through his hair gently to remove the stains. It may take several times before they are gone. In the meantime, add a teaspoon of the white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to his bowl of drinking water. This may help stop the growth of the organisms in his body that are responsible for the stains.
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The Hydrogen Peroxide Method

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Gather your supplies
For this method, you will need some cornstarch and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
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Mix the paste
Create a mix of one teaspoon each hydrogen peroxide and water with enough corn starch to create a thick paste.
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Apply
Apply the paste to the hair under your pup's eyes and allow it to dry. Keep it in the stained areas, do not get it in his eyes.
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Wash it out
After the paste has had time to thoroughly dry, use plenty of fresh water to rinse it out and use your hands to help break the paste up and remove the stains.
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Repeat as necessary
Repeat this process until the stains are gone and then as necessary to keep them under control. This method works very well over time.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Never allow either of these mixtures to get into your pup's eyes or on the sensitive skin around them, it could burn and cause permanent damage.
  • Always keep the hair around your pup's eyes trimmed back so that it doesn't irritate his eyes and cause more tearing and staining.
  • If you must cut some of the hair back, use sharp shears with rounded safety tips.
  • Be aware of the foods your dog eats. Some contain dyes and other products that will only make the problem worse.
  • If your tap water is high in mineral content, giving your pup bottled water can also help reduce staining.
  • If the problem persists or gets worse, be sure to take your pup to see his vet to see if there are any underlying medical conditions causing the staining. 

Conclusion

For the most part, tear staining is just unsightly, but there is the risk of infection setting in if you don't keep the hair under your pup's eyes clean. It only takes a few minutes with readily available household products. You owe it to your four-legged friend to take care of this simple task on a regular basis. 

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