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Old 08-03-2019, 10:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry, life and work had kept me away. Just sharing my experience, exchanging notes if you may.

I've been hearing others tell me that the staining tears is bacteria related and I just couldn't understand how those 2 things were related.

Momo had has been struggling with skin problems and the vet thought she might be having a bacterial skin infection. Antibiotics were prescribed and taken faithfully. (turned out it was dermodex population explosion)

The tear stains vanished while the antibiotics didn't take care of the skin infection.

How about that?! Do I relate the 2 (bacteria x tear stains) or do I not?
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It would depend on the type of bacteria. Gram positive or Gram negative. Some antibiotics are full spectrum which covers a wide variety of bacteria. Others target only a few bacterium. If indeed bacteria plays a role in tear staining (IDK)
then itís plausible that the type of antibiotics used was appropriate for any bacteria growing in the stains. But not for the skin infection. Thatís a very interesting angle and worth researching. Thanks for sharing that. Sorry it didnít resolve the skin problem.
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:34 AM   #13 (permalink)
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My current foster, Gucci had really bad tear stains. She always had wet eyes. I tried everything mentioned to no avail. She was getting her dental and I asked them to flush her tear ducts during it. Well what a difference. I think her tears used to overflow her bottom eyelids because of the clogging they would back up. She looks great now several weeks later. I had the same issue with Tyler and his have been gone for 8 years since his tear duct flush.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:26 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! The bayou bowl sounds great hopefully I can find one. I’ve tried eye envy but didn’t find it helpful. I asked my vet about flushing the tear ducts but they said they didn’t do that and they didn’t think that was the problem and that I would be wasting my money if I went to an eye specialist to have it done. My Ollie does have skin issues. His skin gets really itchy and he scratches to the point that it causes bad scratch marks that scab. We’ve started to use medicated shampoo and it seems to help greatly. I wonder if his skin issues have something to do with his constant watery eyes.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Sorry, life and work had kept me away. Just sharing my experience, exchanging notes if you may.

I've been hearing others tell me that the staining tears is bacteria related and I just couldn't understand how those 2 things were related.

Momo had has been struggling with skin problems and the vet thought she might be having a bacterial skin infection. Antibiotics were prescribed and taken faithfully. (turned out it was dermodex population explosion)

The tear stains vanished while the antibiotics didn't take care of the skin infection.

How about that?! Do I relate the 2 (bacteria x tear stains) or do I not?
Demodex mange is not related to tearing. The mites live in the hair follicle and eat away at the skin.
Tearing is usually from teething, blocked tear ducts, diet, auto immune or bacteria.
You need to strengthen the immunity to control the mites. If the dog has an autoimmune disease, you must balance the immunity vs. strengthen.
The dips and meds are too strong for our fluffs.
I used benzoyl peroxide shampoo every two days. You must flush the skin with the warmest water possible, scrub the skin with a nail brush and flush them out again with warm water.
It could take up to 6-12 months, but it works.
With that being said, dogs that suffer with mange are prone to skin bacterial infections, usually on the body, not necessarily the face.
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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OMG, she is adorable. One of the things I do with Zoey is I feed her only grain-free, gluten-free food. I really think that helps. I am curious is it better to grow the hair between the eyes to put in a top knot or keep it really short. I have always kept it short. I am trying to grow it out because I heard that it helps with preventing the tear stains. But, I am noticing a little more discoloration and I am getting ready to go short. But before I do I want to know if people think I should ride it out and let it grow, does it really help, or should I keep it short?
Thank you. Peace... Sandra, Zoey's mom.
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There is an Esty Store that sells the bayou bowls.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I bought this bowl/water bottle combo on Amazon. I like that it is free-standing. Zita gets plenty of water from it, in fact, she drinks more from this than she did from a bowl. I have to refill it every other day! It has helped a lot in keeping her face dry, although I am still fighting tear stains around her eyes.

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Old 10-19-2019, 05:03 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I think i must be one of the few maltese owners who dont mind the tear stains one bit. I make sure their eyes are free of gunk, or any time of buildup and clean all the time. I don't mine the actual rust color on the fur as long as the actual hygiene is in tip top condition.
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I think i must be one of the few maltese owners who dont mind the tear stains one bit. I make sure their eyes are free of gunk, or any time of buildup and clean all the time. I don't mine the actual rust color on the fur as long as the actual hygiene is in tip top condition.
I think there is usually an underlying problem when there is stain so probably a good idea to eliminate that for the sake of the pup, IF it is possible. Sometimes it can also involve a hidden problem w/the ears---so just good to check & recheck.
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