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 really get them.
Weston never really had them BUT I was looking at photos of baby Fira and she did have some dark undereyes. 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.”
Now the diet…
When I got Fira (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 + fresh human-grade foods from dog food companies.
Fira’s undereyes immediately cleared up and to this day, both Weston + Fira’s undereyes are so bright and white.
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.
Unedited photo. You can really see them here.
8 months old. Starting to lessen.
1 year old!
I think food makes a HUGE difference. I’ve heard so many stories about switching food and their pups’ tear stains lessening or completely going away.
Making sure their water is only filtered can help. Even adding a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar (I’ve never tried it).
I just posted a new guest post from The Frenchie Journal on WTFrenchie blog covering different wipes, removers and a powder called Tylan that works!
Hopefully some of these tips will help. I know that some frenchies can just have darker underyes 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.
What has helped your dog’s tear stains? Comment below!