Have you ever noticed stains forming on your dog’s fur close to their eye and it continues all the way to their muzzle?
These stains are called tear stains and they usually look like brown or almost rusty lines that run from the eyes of your pet to their muzzle. Some dog breeds like poodles, schnauzers, Maltese and other similar breeds often develop these marks because these breeds shed their tears from their eye ducts and down to their muzzle. Other breeds usually shed their tears down to their nose and down their throat.
Since the tears spill out from their eye ducts and to their muzzle, it would go on their fur and depend on your pet’s condition, these tears can induce the development of tear stains. Tear stains are common for some breeds, but for those with white facial fur, these tear stains can be unappealing. It can also signal that there is an infection that you need to check out with your veterinarian right away.
There can be many reasons why tear stains can develop and they are as follows:
When you do notice tear stains in your pet’s face, you should first seek the advice of your pet’s vet to see if your pet has an infection that caused the tear stains. After checking your pet up, your vet can tell you how to treat the problem at home or even give you preliminary medication to try out.
You can also try the following methods (or combine them) to get rid of the stain:
If the tear stains won’t come off no matter what you do, it is best you head on to your pet’s veterinarian to see if there is a problem with your pet. They can prescribe special medication that can help with the tear stains, diet change or possible alternative stain removers if your pet’s fur won’t react to the remedies you have used. If there is an infection that causes severe tearing, your vet may recommend surgery to repair your pet’s eyelids or tear ducts depending on how severe the problem is for your pet.
If you don’t want to do it yourself considering how close these tear stains are to your pet’s eyes, you can seek out our mobile grooming to get one of our groomers to handle the problem for you. They can be the ones to apply the remedies on the tear stains for you and also groom your pet in the process.
When you see tear stains on your pet’s face, don’t immediately think it is a normal part of your pet’s features because it can indicate something is wrong. When you see the stain, immediately seek out help from your pet’s veterinarian and combat it with the help the tips above.
Pets cannot tell us when they are experiencing troubles and we may confuse the symptoms as a normal occurrence. When we realize something is wrong, it may be too late.
Always remember that early prevention and action can stop the onset of further troubles for you and your pet.