Is your Frenchie prone to tear stains? Here’s how to get rid of them.
Ahh, the dreaded tear stains.
The one question I get THE MOST, by far, is: “How do you get rid of tear stains?”
I have a lame answer: they don’t get them too often.
Weston never really had them BUT I was looking at photos of baby Fira and she did have some dark under eyes. Well, I hear tear stains are mostly from diet and/or genetics.
From Pet MD:
“Brachycephalic (short nosed) dogs can be prone to tear stains. “The shape of the head and the way the eyes fit into the socket will affect whether a dog is prone to tear stains,” according to Klein. “This is because the connection to the muzzle can be configured in such a way that the tears accumulate instead of flowing through the ducts that normally drain them away from the eye.”
Tear stains usually are from the overproduction of tears or the tears not being able to drain away like normal.
But is there still something we can do about our pups who have tear stains? And what about natural remedies for dog tear stains? I started digging into it some more.
Choosing a diet as a natural remedy for dog tear stains…
When Fira came home at 11 weeks old, her breeder recommended she stay on the food she was already on til she was 6 months old. So, she stayed on a puppy kibble but after 6 months, I then switched to homemade cooked foods and fresh human-grade foods from dog food companies. This was mostly because of Weston’s super-sensitive stomach.
Fira’s under eyes immediately cleared up after switching to homemade food, and to this day, both Weston + Fira’s under eyes are so bright and white. In my experience, homemade dog food can make a big difference in getting rid of your Frenchie’s tear stains naturally. Here’s a timeline:
Fira at around 4 months old. You can see her wrinkles were very dark. We weren’t really that diligent about wiping them, admittedly, but her eyes did seem to water more when she was younger, causing more tear stains.
Unedited photo. You can really see those tear stains here.
8 months old, after we switched to homemade dog food. Starting to lessen.
1 year old! Under-eye stains are hardly visible and the area looks nice and clean. At this point, that’s 6 months on a fresh-cooked food diet. You can really see how it can be a great natural remedy for Frenchie’s tear stains.
I think the food you feed your dog makes a HUGE difference. I’ve heard so many stories from people about switching food and their pups’ tear stains lessening or completely going away.
Use only filtered water to help with your Frenchie’s tear stains.
Making sure your dog’s water is only filtered can help, too. Even adding a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar can help as a natural remedy for dog tear stains (I’ve never tried it myself but I’ve heard from others that this has worked).
The apple cider vinegar increases the acidity of your dog’s body pH, which creates a more alkaline environment. This can also help prevent infections from happening.
If your dog has environmental or food allergies, that’s going to cause your dog’s eyes to water more than usual or not drain properly. You can ask your vet for a food allergy test or try an elimination diet on your own at home.
Hopefully some of these tips will help. I know that some French Bulldogs can have darker under eyes genetically but as long as you maintain their folds and keep them dry (in other words, bacteria-free), it should make a world of a difference, along with a few natural remedies listed above.
What has helped your dog’s tear stains? Comment below!