Tear Staining: Natural remedies
I just can't keep my dog's eyes clean. They get stained up from tears constantly. Is there an alternative to prescription medications for tear stains?
When your dog has excessive tears and tear staining, it is an opportunity to improve his overall immune health. There is concern with popular products for dog tear stains containing Tylosin, an antibiotic. Tylosin products may not be appropriate for long term use and may have negative side effects with extended use. As many people have come to learn, antibiotics should be used sparingly and only when necessary. Here are a couple of measures you can take to improve your dog's immune response with no negative side effects:
Probiotics and Enzymes
Digestive enzymes and probiotics work together to combat yeast and bacteria build up in the body that cause the reddish brown tear stains. The results are not just less tear staining, but improved overall health as well. Best of all, this is a remedy safe for puppies as well as adult dogs. Try the Miracle Pack or MiracleZyme chews.
This antioxidant rich liquid provides compounds such as beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process, as well as promoting vibrant skin and coat.
What causes tear staining?
Tear staining is brought on by excessive tearing from the eye ducts which leads to brownish-red stains below the eyes. There are thought to be a number of underlying causes for tear staining that go beyond breed and genetics which may be more important to address:
- Yeast Overgrowth
- Poor Hygiene
In dog's with white or light fur, it is easy to recognize tear staining. In dogs with darker coloring, look for watery eyes, excessive itching, and excessive tearing. The reddish coloring is indicative of yeast and is a sign that yeast is overgrowing within your dog's body and expressing itself through the eye tears.
Tear stain products that contain Tylosin or Tartrate are commonly used to prevent and treat tear stains. Be cautious of products that contain these ingredients. Tylosin is an antibiotic and may not be appropriate for your dog. While short term use may reduce the reddish brown tear stains for your dog, the product will not address a long-term solution and may inhibit healthy flora in your dog's gut.
Work from the inside out by improving your dog's nutrition.
- Give your dog probiotics to help get rid of the yeast overgrowth as the underlying cause of the tears.
- Adding enzymes can further help breakdown yeasts and residual fungus inside that body that leads to yeast stains.
Additionally, be sure to care for and maintain the eye area, especially with dogs that have longer hair. Keep the eye area trimmed and clean.
If your dog is showing some signs of allergies with itchy and watery eyes you may want to consider using a nutritive skin and coat supplement such as Dermix™ which contains anti-oxidant compounds as beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, selenium, and sulfur-containing amino acids, which are needed to protect the body from the tremendous increase in free radicals that takes place during an inflammatory process.