How To Get Rid Of Maltese Eye Stains
Tear staining is a common occurrence in a small breed dogs, such as the Maltese. Light colored dogs are particularly vulnerable to this condition. The easiest way to treat the dog coat is to first find the underlying cause for excessive tearing. There are several causes and a few different theories as to what tear staining really is and how it occurs.
Genetics can play a significant role in excessive tearing. Much large breed dogs often inherit hip problems, smaller breeds tend to have difficulty with low level infections and tear ducts. While cosmetically, it’s not necessary to remove the stains from your dog’s face, those that suffer from allergy, infections or irritation would benefit from a simple treatment. Here are some ways on how to get rid of Maltese eye stains.
Rampant ear infections can be the cause of excessive tearing and staining. Dogs prone to ear infections, especially long eared breeds, should have their ears bathed and dried weekly. Use ear drying products, if necessary to keep the ear canal dry and free of debris and bacteria causing agents.
Also, eliminating the cause of excess tearing is the easiest ways to stop staining. Owners of a dog with long hair should be certain to brush and bath their pet frequently to remove pollens, allergens and debris from their coat. Allergies and irritation is another cause of tear staining.
Most veterinary eye specialists believe that the actual cause of tear staining is excess tearing. When the face fur is wet from excess tearing, it is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. One of the most common forms of yeast infections in small breed dog is Ptyrosporin or ‘’Red Yeast.’’ Red Yeast cause a dark, reddish brown stain to appear just below the dog eye’s. This is not a dangerous condition, and is one that can easily be treated with low level antibiotics or eye creams.
Tear staining can be completely eliminated by putting small dogs on a ten day treatment of low dose of tetracycline. Pets that suffer allergies, irritation or infection often benefit most from this treatment. Do not use treatment on puppies, as tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth staining.
Liquid ear drops
For dogs with frequently ear infections, ear drops (made with gentamicin sulfate) work wonders at clearing up the infection and eliminating the stain.
With pets that simply excrete too many tears, a drying formula helps to control staining. Many over the counter and prescription remedies are available in drop, ointment and liquid form.
An antacid (Calcium Carbonate) is not only a good source of calcium, but also helps to change the tear’s PH level, keeping the production of yeast and bacteria better under control. Give small breed dogs ½ tablet, twice a day. (250mg)
Physically removing stains
If you have only minimal staining, it is possible to physically remove them from your dog’s coat. However, remember that the underlying problem still needs to be treated.
Baking soda and lemon
A mixture of ½ lemon and ½ baking soda works wonder when it comes to whitening coats. Make a paste and work into fur. Let the paste set for 5-10 minutes and wash and rinse thoroughly. Lemon juice can irritate animal’s skin. Follow procedure with conditioner.