Monday, November 5, 2007

Dog Tear Stains

One of the problems that dog owners are confronted with is tear stains. Usually it is more concerning for people that have white coated companions and take them to shows, but as I will explain next, you will see that this can be a serious problem and can affect your dog’s health no matter what his color is. Most dog owners think that these stains are from excessive tearing and it is not a big deal. Sometimes this can be true but still you have to take him to a vet to be sure that everything is alright.

Vets believe that tear stains are due to the eye form of some breeds or genetics in other cases. The problem with these stains is that they create a proper environment for bacteria and leads to yeast infections. So if you are just worried about your dog’s appearance before the contest, just think that this could be a more serious health problem and so you should take matters into your hands and protect him.

One of the solutions is surgical procedures on his eye duct to normalize his tearing. This a method suggested by some vets but if you think it’s going too far and the problem is not so bad, you can try alternative methods that are not so harsh to your loving companion. You can try medicines prescribed by your vet or eye specialist veterinarian, or home remedies. You can also consult your groomer where you usually take your doggy.

If you just don’t want to try medicines because you are worried about his liver problems, you can try some alternatives to them in the comfort and familiar surroundings of you home. One way to get rid of tear stains is vinegar. Just put a teaspoon of cider vinegar in your dog’s water to help his pH to change and stop tearing. He might not like the smell or taste so you should begin with a small doze like a drop or two and then increase. Other remedies are found in milk of magnesia, corn starch or peroxide.

Taking care of this matter is more than an appearance problem in dog shows and you should act like that and take your dog to the vet as soon as you discover his disorder. It might not be very bad, but it’s best to be on the safe side.

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