THE FIND: THE SO­LU­TION TO TEAR STAINS!

Modern Dog - - BODY & SOUL -

Ever won­der what causes the red­dish-brown stains be­neath a dog's eyes, es­pe­cially not­i­ca­ble in light coloured or white dogs? Called tear stains, this dis­coloura­tion is a re­sult of ex­ces­sive tear pro­duc­tion. There are a num­ber of fac­tors con­tribut­ing to ex­ces­sive tear­ing. Eye­lids that turn in­ward can cause eye ir­ri­ta­tion that leads to tear­ing. Brachy­cephalic (or short-nosed) dog breeds, such as Mal­tese, Pekingese, Shih-tzus, and Pugs, are of­ten prone to eye tear­ing due to shal­low eye sock­ets and hair growth in the skin folds sur­round­ing the eyes. Other breeds, in­clud­ing Poo­dles and Cocker Spaniels are sim­ply pre­dis­posed to blocked tear ducts. If these stains de­velop rapidly or your dog seems to be in dis­com­fort, make sure to check with your vet to rule out any causal prob­lems that can be ad­dressed. For ex­am­ple, eye in­fec­tion and glau­coma can be treated; hair near the eyes can be care­fully trimmed very short. For eye­lid and eye­lash prob­lems, you may wish to in­ves­ti­gate sur­gi­cal op­tions de­pend­ing on the dis­com­fort it is caus­ing your dog. For shal­low eye sock­ets caus­ing tear­ing, how­ever, there is noth­ing that can be done; you’ll sim­ply want to re­duce skin ir­ri­ta­tion and coat dis­coloura­tion. To do so, try An­gel Eyes’ awe­some Nat­u­ral Line. Their Gen­tle Tear Wipes are de­signed for daily use and are fan­tas­tic for clean­ing the eye area and elim­i­nat­ing stain­ing, while their Nat­u­ral Soft Chews blend nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dants in­clud­ing cran­berry pow­der, Ore­gon grape root, and marsh­mal­low root to pre­vent in­flam­ma­tion in your dog’s eyes. Find them at an­gelseyeson­line.com.

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