How to Get Rid of Tear Stains on American Eskimos


American Eskimo dogs are beautiful, high-energy companions popular among pet lovers. Known for their fluffy white coats, these dogs exude beauty and elegance. But just as with most any white dog, unsightly tear stains can wreak havoc on their cute faces. While most stains are results of underlying problems, there are a few things you can do to remove them.

Things You'll Need

  • Small toothbrush
  • Tear-stain remover
  • Boric acid
  • Baby powder
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Corn starch
  • Eyebright
  • Chamomille
  • Calendula
  • Goldenseal

Apply a tear-stain remover to your dog's tear stains. Such products as Angels' Eyes are available at pet stores. You can apply most tear-stain removers directly to the pet, while with others you may need to use a cloth. Read the directions to find what works best with that specific product. It may be easier to apply the cleanser while coming from behind the dog. If you try to apply the remover facing the dog, he may become scared.

Create a homemade remedy to remove tear stains from your American Eskimo. Mix equal parts boric acid and baby powder, then combining this mixture with Milk of Magnesia until it makes a paste. Apply the remover to the tear stains with a small toothbrush and allow it to dry, then brush it off.

Make a paste by combining corn starch and hydrogen peroxide. Using a small toothbrush, apply this mixture to the tear stains. Leave it on overnight, then remove with warm water or peroxide. You can either pour the liquid on the stain remover or use a cloth that is saturated with it. If you notice after applying the mixture that the area is becoming red and irritated or the dog becomes upset, remove the mixture immediately.

Wash the tear stains with eyebright, chamomile, calendula or goldenseal. Boil these herbs in water for a few minutes, then strain and allow the water to cool. Carefully pour the cleanser on the tear stains or dab them with a cloth that is soaked with the liquid, then rinse with water. All of these herbs can help in the removal of the stains and most have agents that are effective against bacteria and fungi.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult with your veterinarian as to what may be causing the tear stains. There are many problems that can cause the staining, including eye inflammation and infection, excess hair around the eye, blocked tear ducts and abnormal eyelids. Unless the problems are resolved, the eyes will continue to drain and leave tear stains.
  • Keep the areas around your American Eskimo's eyes clean by wiping them with water or a gentle cleanser every day. This can reduce the amount of bacteria that enters the eye and limit tearing. In addition, it is beneficial to the eyes to keep the hair around them short. If hair touches the eye, it can cause excess tearing.
  • Bacteria and fungal infections cause tear staining. Therefore, it is important for your American Eskimo to maintain a healthy immune system. Feed your dog a healthy, natural diet that contains fresh vegetables and considering supplementing him with immune boosters that can be bought at pet stores.
  • Be very careful not to allow any of the removers make contact with the dog's eyes. They can be harsh and irritating and can potentially cause damage.

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