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             Tear Stains in light colored Poodles


One of the not so pretty things about many light colored poodles are tear stains. While not all white and light colored poodles get them [and those furkids are a treasure and so easy to maintain and keep looking nice], if you have one that does get tearstains - it can be a losing battle or require constant maintenance and upkeep to keep looking good.

Tearstains are caused by a number of things - partially genetic [not much you can do about that part] but also environmental, and you can make simple changes that may effect the appearance of your pet.

#1  Keeping the face trimmed short around the eyes goes a long way in preventing eye irritations from hair that constantly gets into the dogs eyes.

#2 On a light colored dog wash the face once a day with a wet wash cloth - for some dogs it is as simple as that. Use plain water, no soap, but you can also use witch hazel which is non irritating when it gets into the eye. Remove dust and grit from the eyes, wipe the nose and muzzle, massage the gums and rub over the teeth - this alone can make a considerable difference in the appearance of your dog.

If you have a pup or dog that is prone to severe tearstaining, you should also look at a number of other things to see if you can minimize eye irritation that causes excess tearing. 

  •  Dog Shampoo, perfumes, spritzes, flea prevention, etc
  • Household Cleaners used on flooring, carpet powders, detergent used for washing dog bedding.
  • Mold, dust, sand, pollen etc in carpeting [especially seriously old w-2-w carpeting]
  • Drinking water quality - try filtered or bottled water to see if tear stains might be caused by your local water supply [a dead give away if the hair around your dogs muzzle is discolored as well]. Regularly adding a spoon full of vinegar [apple cider vinegar is best, but any will do] into the drinking water can often help as well.
  • Dog food quality - there is so much junk in most commercial dog food today - from fillers to preservatives, food coloring and on and on - upgrading to a better quality of puppy food can often make the difference between tearstains or none, and also the overall coat quality. A lot of the nutrition poodles require, goes into making hair - crappy hair + coat usually comes from a combination of poor quality dog food, internal parasites and/or fleas, and poor hygiene/ bathing.
  • Occasionally I'll send a puppy home that has been tear stain free here with us, but is starting to get tear stains at the new home. This is always an indicator for me that there some reagent in the environment, that triggers the tear staining in the pup. In a case like this I encourage the new owners to do a process of elimination, beginning with the food [if they changed brands or varieties] and drinking water, and go down the above list to see what may cause this allergic reaction.




                            Tear Stain Removal


 There are bunches of things out there, that [mostly don't] work - more or less.

Wipes, pads, eye washes, bleaches, concealers, powders, etc etc.

They all require religious application, washing, wiping [and often irritating the skin around the eyes, causing more tearing and consequently more staining. I've tried some of them over the years for those two of my white girls that tend to get tear stains, and thrown my hands in the air and resigned myself to having faces with rust colored streaks.

Well - there actually is one item I know about, that actually does reliably work.

In the long run. There is no magic involved, and you need to outgrow the old hair - depending on the breed that may take as little as 2-3 weeks [shaved poodle faces] up to several months until the hair gets clipped away during routine grooming.

It is expensive but it works. It's effortless to apply - just sprinkle over the food. It has a corny name - but then again - maybe not, LOL. Yes - we are talking about

Angels' Eyes

Click on their name to go directly to their website for more detailed information, and you can also order their product directly from their website.

Or if you want to help us here out - order through the Amazon link below [listed on amazon.com for considerably less than on their official website!!!]. On Amazon look for the seller named "Angels' Eyes" - I believe this is actually the company themselves - they always have the best prices available there and about half of what they sell for on their website!!!





Here is the link to a comprehensive Tear Stain Product Review I found online during some related research, well worth looking into as well. Click here to leave our website to look at that review!



[directly taken from their website]

Q. What is Angels' Eyes®?
A. Angels' Eyes is a product that may help eliminate unsightly tear stains. Tear stains are caused from an overflow of tears (epiphora). The reddish brown color in the stains is from Porphyrin pigments (iron/magnesium) in the stains.

Q. How does Angels' Eyes® work?
A. Angels’ Eyes® works to prevent tear staining by tying up circulating porphyrins. A porphyrin is a compound that reacts with light to produce a reddish brown stain to the medial canthus. The active ingredient in Angels' Eyes®, Tylosin as Tartrate, will prevent your dog from contracting Ptyrosporin (Red Yeast) and bacterial infections which causes excess tearing and staining. Tylosin binds with Porphyrin pigments and prevents them from binding with the animal’s hair.

Q. What are the ingredients in Angels' Eyes®?
A. Angels' Eyes is wheat and dye free, it's made of 100% pure beef liver, tylosin as tartrate.
There are 3 formulas: Beef Liver, Chicken Liver and Sweet Potato.

Q. What's the difference between Angels' Eyes® and all the other products on the market?
A. All other products mask or have artificial food coloring, artificial food additives and preservatives, corn, wheat or soy which can cause the stains to reappear worse than before. Angels' Eyes® does not require rubbing or any other difficult maintenance. With Angels' Eyes® you will not need to use bleach, peroxide or any other topical product that may cause allergies and irritations. Many topical products do not list their ingredients.

Q. How long does it take to see the results?
A. Anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks. It depends on the growth of your dog’s or cat’s coat. Continue to trim off the stained coat and the new coat will grow clear of stains. For optimal results Angels' Eyes® must be used daily as suggested.