|Ch. Ali, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!
|Barked: Wed May 9, '12 6:29am PST |
|Angel eyes contains the antibiotic, Tylosan. I personally will not give my dogs an antibiotic long term for any reason and feel it is only contributing to the already serious problem of antibiotic resistant disease.
First, you need to get a good exam by a veterinary opthomalogist to rule out any medical or physical cause. Things like protruding eyeballs, too small tear ducts, excessive tearing due to allergies, etc., all contribute to tear stains.
There are MANY threads on this subject and everyone has their own opinion. In my case, I got rid of MOST all staining by switching my dogs to a grain free kibble. One of mine had a definite issue with chicken in her kibble, once I stopped feeding that she was fine.
Any remaining issues with my crew are directly connected to the seasonal use of my hot air furnace... once that is shut down the tear stains end.
Distilled water is supposed to be effective since tear stains are the result of ionization of minerals found in the dog's system, no matter what the cause of excessive tear production may be. That is not practical for me since I have multiple dogs but I will say, dogs I have had issues with and that are placed with people on city water suddenly have NO TEAR STAINS at all, so things like environment and water minerals DO make a difference.
Finally, keeping all tears cleaned and wiped away with a soft cloth will help prevent some of the staining, but it must be done constantly, not just once a day.