Tear Stains - What causes them and how can we prevent them?

Author: Courtney   Date Posted:5 August 2016 

If you own a little light coloured dog, I am sure you understand the struggle of tear stains at some point!

What are tear stains?

Tear stains are caused by Ephiphora (excessive tear production) and are a reddish brown staining found under the eyes of both dogs and cats, mostly prevalent in breeds such as Maltese, Lhasa Apso and shitzhu. In the excess tear production is ‘Porphyrins’ which are naturally occuring molecules containing Iron. These molecules are a waste product from the breakdown of red blood cells and are naturally excreted via defacation, urination, saliva and tear ducts.

When these molecules sit on light coloured fur for long periods of time and are exposed to sunlight, this is what causes the dark staining of the fur. Keep in mind if it has a funky smell you are best to see a Vet as this can indicate a yeast infection!

Other reasons your pet can get tear stains are; Ingrown Eyelashes, Eye Infections, Glaucoma, Inverted Eyelid, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Poor Quality Diet, Stress, Teething, Plastic Food Bowls, Internal Bacteria inbalance and Medications.

What can you do?

  • Feed a high quality diet suitable for age, size & breed (call and chat to us if your unsure)
  • Have fresh Filtered water if possible (filters remove the high levels of iron in tap water)
  • Use Stainless Steel, Porcelain or Glass bowls (worn plastic can harbour bacteria)
  • Regularly clean your pets face with safe wipes
  • Feed a course of all Natural stain remover such as Glow Groom or Angel Eyes to balance the internal bacteria which has proven permanent results.

Aussie Vet Products can provide you with all the above essentials and help answer any questions you might have. 

1300 382 263



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