There are many methods to remove tear stains on dogs that either do not work or have limited success. And owners need to be careful since some home remedies can actually be harmful and cause injury.
Here is what we recommend:
1) If you suspect any of the above mentioned heath issues, have your Poodle examined by the veterinarian.
2) If there are no medical reasons
for the tear stains, the most typical reason will be a red yeast infection that can be treated from home.
3) We suggest AVOIDING the following:
-Corn starch alone or mixed with boric acid. This is very dangerous and can cause quite a bit of irritation to the eyes.
- Vinegar. There is no proof that this works and the flavor can cause a dog to resist drinking an adequate amount of water.
- Tums. This antacid meant for human consumption is sometimes touted as a home remedy for canine tear stains. However, this is packed with calcium and offering too much of this is not healthy.
- Milk of Magnesia (20%), corn starch (20%) and hydrogen peroxide (60%). What this will do, is dye the hair to be lighter but will not resolve the underlying issue.
4) Use a quality, proven and safe canine tear stain remover product. The best product will be one that has all of these factors:
1- It will be an easy topical solution that is easy to apply.
2- It will have a gentle yet effective cleanser.
3- It will have a gentle yet effective astringent.
4- It will have an herbal antibacterial agent
5- It will be formulated to be safe for dogs of all ages - from young puppies to the senior dog and every age in between.
6- It will not contain bleach, peroxide, or harsh chemicals.
If you would like to see our list of recommendations, along with reviews, look to 'Grooming' in the Poodle Specialty Shoppe
5) If the tear stains do not clear up, it is best to have the veterinarian take a look. In some cases, a dog will need a prescribed antibiotic to resolve the issues.
This may include Tetracycline (usually a 10 day course and should not be given to puppies that are teething since it can cause permanent staining to teeth that have yet to erupt), Flagyl (this anti-diarrhea medication is sometimes used off label to combat tear staining in a 2 week course), Lincocin (a strong antibiotic for dogs that do not show improvement with other medications) or Ak-Trol (an eye drop solution that contains neomycin, polymyxin B and dexamethasone which can be used on dogs of all ages).