How to Clean Puppy's Tear Stains

Easy
10 - 15 Minutes
1 Day

Introduction

Nothing looks worse than a dog with a light-colored coat that has dark tear stains under his eyes. These stains appear for a number of reasons, such as poor nutrition, excess over-breeding, and irritation caused by overgrown facial hair. The good news is that there are a few ways you can go about removing these unsightly stains. Cleaning them on a regular basis is not only aesthetically pleasing but can reduce the risk of a yeast infection that can result from the hair in this area being damp all the time. 

Dog's Perspective

Chances are good that your pup doesn't care what color the hair under his eyes is or what it looks like. At least, that is, until the cause of the stains start to affect his vision or his eyes become infected. However, he does count on you to take care of this problem as he can't do it for himself. 

The White Vinegar Method

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Hit the grocery store
If you don't have any white vinegar handy, run out to your favorite grocery store and grab a bottle. It's very cheap and makes a great cleaner.
Step
2
Here, Fluffy
Call your pup over to you in an area of your home where a few drips on the floor won't hurt anything like the bathroom or kitchen.
Step
3
Sit, Fluffy
Have your pup sit in front of you on the floor or, if you have one, a grooming table. This will help keep him from fussing too much.
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4
Cotton balls for the win
Take a cotton ball and dip it in the vinegar. Gently wipe the tear stains under his eyes, being careful not to get any vinegar in his eyes.
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5
Go gently
Work the cotton balls gently through the hair under his eyes to remove the stains, it may take you several attempts at first to get rid of them. You can reduce their appearance by adding one tablespoon of either white or apple cider vinegar to his water bowl. Vinegar can help to reduce the growth of the organisms that cause the staining.
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The Hydrogen Peroxide Method

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You need some supplies
In truth, you don’t need much in the way of supplies. Just a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, a soft cloth, and some cornstarch.
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Create a paste
Create a cleaning paste out of one teaspoon each of water, cornstarch, and hydrogen peroxide. Make it a thick paste.
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Apply the paste
Apply the paste you have just made to the stained areas of your pup's facial hair. Keep it out of his eyes.
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4
Rinse his face
Once the paste has completely dried, rinse it out completely using fresh water. Use your hand to gently work the paste and break it loose.
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5
Over and over
You may need to do this several times until the stains come completely clean. It should be easier to keep them clean if you do this every day or so as needed.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Never get vinegar or hydrogen peroxide in your pup's eyes, it can cause painful irritation, resulting in more tears and stains.
  • Keep the hair around your pup's eyes trimmed. This will help reduce irritation and staining.
  • Use round-tipped safety shears to trim back the hair around his eyes if necessary. Be sure the shears are sharp so they don't snag your pup's hair and cause pain.
  • Keep an eye on your pup's food. Some bargain brands contain ingredients that make the staining worse.
  • Tap water that is high in mineral content can also cause staining. Giving your pup bottled water may eliminate this problem.
  • If the problem doesn't go away, be sure to take your pup in to see the vet. 

Conclusion

In most cases, the tear stains are more of a cosmetic problem than anything serious. But there is always the risk of an infection setting in if you don’t keep it under control. Cleaning the stains is a simple task using everyday household supplies. Do your pup a favor and keep the hair under his eyes clean, it only takes a few minutes out of your day. 

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