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    Default Tear Staining

    Does anyone know how to reduce this? Or clean it up better?

    It happens to Miss Bella lots, and although she's very very good about me trimming the hair around her eyes and pulling the gunk out, I'd like to know if there are some other things we can do.

    Cheers

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    There is quite a range of tear stain removal products on the market C&B. Some are great, some are mediocre, but I have found they certainly help make clearing the stains easier if used on a regular basis.

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    I thought there might be I can be a tad lazy when it comes to going out looking for things lol. I just need to get something for her... like I said, she's really good about letting me trim, pull etc but her little face is getting stained and it dries out her fur on her face!

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    If it's reddish or pinkish you can try adding apple cider vinegar to her water. Staining is often a sign of an overly acidic system and cider vinegar is alkalising.

    An acid system is common is some litle dogs and can also contribute to tooth decay. a teaspoon of vinegar to her drinking water bowl is all you should need.

    If it is really just from hair sticking into them that is her breeding. Shihtzu carry a huge amount of facial hair and it seems very strongly inherited in part breds as well.

    You can actually try growing the hair longer and tying it up out of her eyes. Just trim the very front corner.

    Sometimes trimmed hair has blunt ends which can poke eyes more than long softer hairs.

    Also make sure her eyelids are normal - no entroption.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    If it's reddish or pinkish you can try adding apple cider vinegar to her water. Staining is often a sign of an overly acidic system and cider vinegar is alkalising.

    An acid system is common is some litle dogs and can also contribute to tooth decay. a teaspoon of vinegar to her drinking water bowl is all you should need.

    If it is really just from hair sticking into them that is her breeding. Shihtzu carry a huge amount of facial hair and it seems very strongly inherited in part breds as well.

    You can actually try growing the hair longer and tying it up out of her eyes. Just trim the very front corner.

    Sometimes trimmed hair has blunt ends which can poke eyes more than long softer hairs.

    Also make sure her eyelids are normal - no entroption.

    No, uh, what now? lol

    Her face was white and now it's reddish/brown around her eyes - would the acv work on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    If it's reddish or pinkish you can try adding apple cider vinegar to her water. Staining is often a sign of an overly acidic system and cider vinegar is alkalising.

    An acid system is common is some litle dogs and can also contribute to tooth decay. a teaspoon of vinegar to her drinking water bowl is all you should need.

    If it is really just from hair sticking into them that is her breeding. Shihtzu carry a huge amount of facial hair and it seems very strongly inherited in part breds as well.

    You can actually try growing the hair longer and tying it up out of her eyes. Just trim the very front corner.

    Sometimes trimmed hair has blunt ends which can poke eyes more than long softer hairs.

    Also make sure her eyelids are normal - no entroption.

    I agree with that comment 100%.

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    ahh.. thanks.. i will try this vinegar in water too.. i have often wondered as my little dog has the same issue. i clean his little face daily with a wet cotton ball, he hates it of course! but it does not get that stained look off.

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    It must be Organic Apple Cider Vinegar from Health Shop with "mother" in it (I use the brand "Bragg"). The stuff you buy at supermarkets has had all the goodness removed hence it being clear like water. The "mother" is the cloudiness in the organic ACV and it contains all the vitamins, minerals and healing powers.

    Caution...do not use too much...it is all about finding a balance or else you might make their body too alkaline. A dog's body with a pH higher than 7.0 is alkalinic and can cause kidney stones, Cystitis etc (this can also happen if you feed your dog a diet high in carbohydrates (many grains)...a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic.

    A perfect pH level for your dog's body is between 6.4 - 6.6 (slightly acidic).

    I have pH strips here I bought from the chemist...you can test pH with those and it should be as I said between 6.4-6.6.

    Some people think being too acidic is unhealthy, but not for dogs. Their bodies should be slight acidic.

    ACV has many healthy benefits including for humans. It can deter fleas and flies. It is packed with vitamins and minerals and has been used for ages as a health tonic.

    I add it to my dogs food instead of the water. ACV is quite strong in the smell...smells like heavily fermented apples, so they might not want to drink their water. I add ONE TEASPOON to their food 3 times a week...no more!
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    Aha, one of my favourite topics.

    Go to the chemist and buy a bottle of Optrex. Soak cotton wool ball and wipes over eyes.

    Do this regularly and after a while all you will need to do is wipe them over with the Optrex every week or so.

    In the meantime, just wipe eyes with cotton wool ball wet with warm water. Have a little comb just for the purpose of combing through taking out any "gunk" that might be under the eyes.

    Background: I had two Maltese who were very badly stained right from puppyhood. Commercial products had no effect at all. When one of them had a little eye infection, so the vet told me about Optrex. After a while, I noticed they didn't have any staining. They had been so bad, that a little girl commented on them saying they had blood all over their faces.

    I am never without Optrex now and use it on all my dogs and my Maltese has absolutely no staining.

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    Ooh Florence! You have brought up a product that I grew up with! We always had Optrex in the medicine cabinet - I have't thought of it in years, but I will get some next time I'm in the chemist. Handy to know you can use it on dogs.

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