Tired of seeing your clean dog with dirty looking fur stains on its face or paws?
Maybe you’ve tried everything you can think of to get rid of them, but still they persist. What can you do?
First of all, if you know why the areas are stained and what’s causing them, it helps to then be more able to find the correct solution for the problem. Read our post on common problems that cause excessive eye tearing in dogs. The same goes for cats, in most cases.
No matter what you do, some cat and dog breeds are just more likely than others to be prone to excessive tearing that can lead to staining. So all you can do is just get used to it and do what you can to keep them looking good. (Check here to see if your breed has these tendencies.)
In the meantime, here are some tips for cleaning the tear stains safely.
- Keep your cat’s or dog’s face clean and free of excess tears. If they have excessive overflow, you may need to wipe their face at least a couple times a day. Use a warm, damp, soft cloth for best results and avoid abrasive rubbing.
- Keep your pet’s hair trimmed around the staining areas. If trimming in the eye area, use rounded scissors and trim with point away from the eye while holding him securely. Or take to the groomers to keep the hair trimmed back.
- Use an all-natural tear stain removal product to gently lighten the hair and remove fur stains. For those stains already permanently embedded in the fur, it may be necessary to trim them off or keep them trimmed as they grow out. Check out our natural product here.
- Continue applying the tear stain product daily as needed or at least weekly. This will ensure your dog or cat not only looks its best, but keeps the likelihood of any infection down.
- Find out what causes excessive tearing and make sure your pet does not have a more serious eye problem that needs addressing.
We’ve also uncovered some things NOT to use to treat tear stains. (These are recommended to avoid, thanks in part to Dr. Becker at mercola.com.)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Bleach-containing whitening products
- Topical apple cider vinegar (oral is fine)
- Milk of magnesia
- Gold Bond powder in any form (or any powder intended for humans)
- Makeup remover
- Corn syrup
- Additionally, never use human eye drops on pets, except for basic eye saline solution with no additives.
We hope these suggestions help! If you haven’t ordered your Natural Tear Stain
Remover by Dancing Pet, check details on our product page and order directly with
our Amazon link today! Your happy cat’s or dog’s healthy, sweet and clean face will be all the reward you’ll need! 😉