Watery eyes and tear staining
Often, tear stains will occur in dogs with epiphora. While this could be a telltale sign that excessive watery eyes may be an issue, it can also wreak some serious havoc with your pooch’s appearance. All breeds can suffer from tear staining, although the condition is particularly prevalent amongst breeds that have white coats, such as bichon frises or poodles.
There’s no getting around it: tear stains are ugly. While the most obvious sign of this condition is red-brown streaks appearing under the eyes, a dog could develop this condition on their muzzles if the tears flow freely enough.
Tear staining can develop over time due to various conditions stemming from mild epiphora. However, if your little guy develops a tear-stained face in a short period of time, it’s important that you take him to the vet immediately. A rapid onslaught of the condition could mean something serious is afoot.
What do I do with my dog’s tear stained face?
If epiphora results in your dog developing nasty looking streaks, the good news is that he doesn’t have to live with the condition. There are several ways that you can go about nipping the problem in the bud, including tactics you can deploy to help prevent the issue from returning.
For instance, if the epiphora and resultant tear staining is a result of an allergy, you may want to inspect the food your dog is eating. If it’s packed with fillers known to be disagreeable to some pooches such as corn or wheat, switching to a more all-natural brand may provide relief.
You may also want to take a look at the quality of water you’re giving your dog. While this liquid does not necessarily correlate to what’s leaking from their eyes, a mix of epiphora and poor water quality could exacerbate the spread of tear-staining. Consider using distilled or purified water in place of tap.
You can also handle the issue by deploying some daily face grooming tactics. Substances like eye wash, shampoo, or hydrogen peroxide applied to the fur daily can make those streaks gradually disappear. This needs to be done very carefully, since you’re going to be working near your pup’s peepers.
Keeping the fur around your dog’s eyes neat and trimmed will also work wonders to prevent tear staining. Doing so will lower the chances of hair – or a foreign object attached to the hair – from getting stuck in your dog’s eye, which in turn could cause epiphora and tear-staining to take place.
It should be noted that doing most of these things won’t make the issue disappear completely. They generally just enable the problem to be masked to a tolerable level. The one exception to this rule is grooming, as you can trim off the streaked fur once the affected area grows out.