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Old 12-10-2012, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Getting rid of the tear stains, am I doing it right?

Hello everyone!

So... This is the situation: I have about 2 yo maltese girl, who moved to our house to stay just over one week ago. She is a rescue, and although her hair condition is pretty good, I want to get rid of the tear staining on the face.

Her eyes are a bit leaky, and as her facial hair is only a few inches long, the cheeks and hair under the eyes are slightly pink. As I'm going to grow her hair to the full length and get it properly white without any stains, here's my plan:

I'm going to order some Angel's Glow (by Blanc du blanc) and start feeding it to Bow as much as it says in the container. I'm not sure if I should just let it grow out and once the facial hair is long enough cut the stained ends, or just cut the whole face short once the eyes stop staining the hair.

I'm not amazingly keen on idea of having her face short, and it also worries me that the hair would be hard to keep out of her eyes as it would grow back?

How does this sound to you, how would you grow a full coat back and get rid of the stained ones?? All the other little tips you have regarding the white coat are very welcome

Thank you!
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on your little rescue!! I don't know how familar you are with Angel Eye's but it has an ingredient in it called Tylosin which is an antibiotic and not healthy to give long term. Also, cutting the hair like you said may cause it to grow into her eye and cause more of an irritation. You can trim a very little but I wouldn't really cut too much. You should get a good face wash, I use Spa Lavish Face wash and they make one for tear stains. Her face needs to be kept clean and then dry to avoid the pinkish color from forming which is yeast. After you wash her face to keep it dry you can put a little talc powder or even a little cornstarch in the area to help keep it dry. Your fluff might not have had her face washed the way it should and that is why you have the pinkish color but I am sure in time it will go away.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Like Barbara said be careful of angel eyes spa lavish is great!! Use it. Also I wash daisy face three times a day. I use cotton wool soaked in warm water and rub the area I then comb it through with I comb so any gunk comes away with it. However I don't think her tear stains are too bad I think Daisy's are worse to be honest!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's a great article on tear stains from a vet:

A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Make sure your feeding top quality food as the stains do have a connection to that on some level. Also, I've found that keeping the hair really short around the eyes and Eye Envy has worked very well. I haven't tried Spa Lavish but I've read very positive things about it and frankly I'm all for topical solutions over ingested ones.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Since your new little one is going through so much with adjusting to your household etc, I think I'd hold off several months before trying the Angel Eyes. Stress can increase tear staining and the meds might be too much on her right now. There are tons of tips and tricks of other options in the meantime :-) .

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm in the same boat, I just can't get rid of tear stains completely, Sammy has his face washed every night but i'm thinking of getting the Spa Lavish which I have read about on here to give it a go. I get his face hair cut when he goes to the groomers and that helps but it doesn't take it away

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Old 12-12-2012, 04:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I read the article (as above) A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains and bought the Alcon Opti-free lens solution. Jasmine's stain is almost gone. I wipe them twice a day and if I see any moisture. I should have taken before and after pics but I wasn't optomistic. But it's really worked for her.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Patsy I wear contact lenses can it just be any solution?
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Any of the eye washes for people with Boric acid in them should work. I tried everything - and I mean everything. Turns out Tyler had blocked tear ducts - though a specialist at a renowned animal hospital told me that wasn't the case. His last dental, I had them flush the tear ducts. No more tear stains after that. Not a one and I don't even have to wash his face. Well sometimes I wash it if it gets dirty but it's never the tears anymore.

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