How to Remove a Tear Stain in Dogs

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Steps can be taken to remove tear stains in dogs, which are caused by pigment, yeast and bacteria buildup. Wipe away tear stains with guidance from a veterinarian in this free video on dog grooming.

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Hello, my name is Dr. James Talbott from Belle Forest Animal Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee and here's some helpful hints on how to remove tear staining in dogs. Here are some things that you can use to help get rid of tear staining in dogs. One is hydrogen peroxide, two is a good comb and three are commercial products that dogs in their diet to prevent tear staining. Tear staining actually affects a lot of dogs especially small dogs like a Maltese are, are very well known for that and they're white dogs and you can see these, these brown streaks right where their tear ducts open up into the eyes. And so, what those are, what those brown staining is is Ptyrosporin which are pigments and also yeast and bacteria build up. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a bleaching agent and so, you can carefully put hydrogen peroxide on a wash cloth or a gauze pad and gently clean those sides of the nose where those tears spill out onto the face and cause that brown discharge. Two is a good comb. A lot of dogs have excessive hair build up right in those areas, right where those tears come out onto the face and so keeping that area combed out and keeping that hair short right there is also a benefit to prevent build up. There are also some commercial products out there that you can buy over the counter that help to reduce the build up of yeast and bacteria in those areas. You can check with your veterinarian, make sure that they're appropriate and, and okay for your dogs; but, those might be also of added benefit. And those are some helpful hints on how to get rid of tear staining in dogs.

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