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Old 04-27-2019, 11:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes, the antibiotics are not the answer. I started the using the Spring water last night. Iíve been wiping his tear stain 5-6 times a day. Maybe even more. Just trying to keep the area dry. I tried calling the clinic that will do procedures that some of the other vets wonít do. But they have already closed for the day. So Iíll try calling Monday.
Are you using a bit of cornstarch?
I just remembered that I used to used a tiny bit of boric acid mixed with the cornstarch and just lightly dab the area with an eyeshadow brush. Again, it helps with the wetness but not so much the staining.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:16 AM   #12 (permalink)
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My opinion is that filtered or bottled water is better than distilled water. I've heard that over time, their muscles could be affected from the lack of minerals in the water. Of course I don't know that for absolute sure, but it's enough for me to keep giving my kids filtered water.

Those darn tear stains cause us so much anxiety!! There are so many things that could be causing it....if only we knew which thing it was..we could fix it easily
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The tear stains could be due to a food allergy. Have you tried changing his food?
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:24 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I found Spring water helped a lot for Abella along with keeping her face/eyes very clean & dry (which I know you are already doing). Have you found x-pen that you like yet?
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I’m wanting to switch Jeep’s water over to distilled. I’ve never used it before as far as the dogs drinking goes. I know it has an odd taste to it. Does anyone have a dog that refuses to drink it?
What about 1/2 Spring water and 1/2 distilled?
Personally, for all of Baby's life up until recently I had given Baby only bottled spring water {Poland Spring} for 6 years. We recently redid our kitchen and now we have a wonderful water filter that came built right into our fridge. So now I give Baby only the filtered fridge water, it tastes great is clean and clear we all drink it. I believe the filter has charcoal to filter the impurities something like a 'Britta' does. The minerals are still in tack, and nothing has been removed except for the impurities. We have to change the filter a few times a year. It's so much more convenient that having to lug bottles of water from the supermarket. I also like that the filtered fridge water doesn't sit around in the bottles it comes in. I know it is always put freshly into my own glass pitcher.

If you are concerned about the water you give due to tear staining, mine had staining badly only for the first year and a half of his life until I changed his diet. I believe he was allergic to the grain in his old food. When I eliminated the grain the staining disappeared and grew out. If a dog has any other serious health problems though, liver disease for example, you may need a special vet approved diet designed by a vet for whatever health condition your dog may have.

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Thanks Sandy, Jeep has been on grain free dog food since I got him about 6-7 weeks ago. My veterinarian gave him a complete eye exam 2 weeks ago. Hair in his eye wasnít an issue. His eye seems perfectly normal except for the excessive tearing. I just think itís odd that only his Right eye tears. Which makes me think that the duct needs flushing. Having been outside on his own for who knows how long. He may have picked up dirt, dust, pollen in that duct. Who knows. Iíll try the Bausch and Lomb next. Heís getting groomed again on the 10th. Iíd like to see some improvements before then.
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We donít own a refrigerator with a water dispenser. My husband doesnít like them. July will be 40 years that we have been married. So Iím sure heís not going to change his mind. Before I read the comment about the Vitamin C; I took a Vitamin C tablet an added a few drops of water to it and let it melt. I applied it with my finger so I was sure it didnít get in Jeepís eye. Then I let it dry. Then used his flea comb. Although it was a Golden Yellow color, it looked a lot better then the Rusty Red color. In fact it is the best he has looked since I got him. I know itís not the best that he can look but it will do for now. So until I can try the Bausch and Lomb or a few other suggestions that I have received, I think Iíll stick with the Vitamin C.
Thank you everyone for your advice and suggestions. And not just about tear stains but other topics as well.
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I am betting it needs a good flush!
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Sandi, I think thatís exactly what he needs. So I need to just go ahead and get him an appointment. I might need to wait several weeks since he will have to see the specialist in Nashville. But first Iíll have to call the vet back and get an appointment with them so they can exam him so I can get the referral. Iím beginning to think I bought a boat!!!
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