Tear Staining From Dogs Eyes....What Do You Do?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TwoCrows, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,133
    5,130
    601
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    What all do you guys do for the tear stains from your dogs eyes? I have a white Maltese dog and he has always had SOME trouble, nothing too awful bad. He is on a grain-free diet, drinks RO water only and we try to keep him away from the human food.

    I found that the grain-free diet keeps his ear infections under control as does his skin irritations. But he sure is a licker! He licks his paws and chest a lot.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,450
    272
    246
    Jun 4, 2011
    1 person likes this.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,133
    5,130
    601
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Thank you for the great links! I have done a lot of reading on this in the past and I switched to a quality grain free food a few years ago. It helped greatly with his allergies.

    But I think you are right in that he may have pollen or environmental allergies. My vet feels that dogs, like humans, can be allergic to tree, grass and weed pollen.

    We had been brushing his teeth every other day and while they are still pearly white at 6 1/2 years of age, his breath was very stinky. More that just dog breath...I mean bad bad breath. I purchased some "Dental Care" spray (herbal) that not only freshens the breath but helps with tartar as well. And oddly enough, this past week his eyes are not watery or staining his face!! So I wonder if the oral health of his mouth has something to do with his tear stains. We are now brushing his teeth daily and using this spray and no more dog breath too!

    Maltese dogs are so sensitive to food, more than other dogs I think, especially larger breeds of dog.

    Thanks for your input!! :)
     
  4. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,450
    272
    246
    Jun 4, 2011
    oral health can affect many other things. dogs can be allergic to pretty much anything that humans can. dust, pollen, what you use to clean your carpet, etc

    I would have the vet check him over.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    17,296
    5,250
    476
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I have found in dogs that stinky breath can have nothing to do with the teeth, I was going to have my ten year old dogs teeth cleaned because of bad breath, ran the blood work before and found she had a kidney infection, multiple courses of antibiotics wouldn't bring her numbers down, finally just cleaned her teeth and the numbers dropped, her breath had stopped stinking after she was on antibiotics, but it took the cleaning for her to be healthy, now she's like a spring chicken.

    I will get every dogs teeth cleaned when needed from now on. I have also noticed in the past that many of my dogs breath had started smelling when they became ill, and most didn't have anything on the teeth.

    My friends dog would get tear staining every time before a bladder infection, so stuff like that can be a sign of other health problems.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,133
    5,130
    601
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Thanks guys! You are very right. I once had a cat that had really bad breath and she turned up with cystitis not too long after.

    He seems spry as ever and shows no signs of illness. But I will let the vet know what is going on and maybe he can do some test on my baby.

    Thank you for all this input!! :)
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    17,296
    5,250
    476
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I forgot to add how adorable your little dog is, did I miss what it's name is.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,133
    5,130
    601
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    His name is Lollie. He sure is the love of my life. :)
     
  9. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    6,821
    324
    331
    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Tear stains can really be a problem for owners to deal with! There are so many causes and it can be really difficult to figure out. For some dogs, it is normal. For others, it can be a sign of other health problems.

    Paw licking can be an environmental allergy to just about anything. I was actually able to run an allergy serum panel from Idexx on my dog through my school and I was really interested in the results because she was so darn itchy when I first got her. Turns out, she had high serum antibody titers to just about everything except fungus! Lol Dogs can be allergic to all kinds of grasses, dust mites, trees, pollen...just about anything. It's usually very specific to the region you live in also. I will say that pursuing a diagnosis of allergies is really a pain in the neck because it basically involves ruling out a bunch of different things. I don't really think the serum tests are all that helpful unless you decide to try allergy shots (they work for some dogs but not all) but sometimes the skin testing can be more useful. I decided to not really pursue much because it is expensive and I put my dog on daily loritadine after talking to my vet. It worked very well for us and she doesn't lick until raw now! It is something you could bring up to your vet and ask their opinion, but it's a fairly benign option to try.

    I would also consider asking the vet to check out the quality of your dog's tears. Small dogs like Maltese can be prone to problems like dry eye, and while they may produce lots of tears, they may not be a good quality. Your vet will be able to help determine that for you, or may refer you to an ophthamalogist if they find something abnormal. They could also check to make sure all parts of the eye tear duct system is working well. Sometimes the draining ducts back up and can cause staining.

    As for the stinky breath, small dogs are more prone to dental problems than other larger dogs, so early periodontal treatments are always a good recommendation. However, as someone else mentioned, there are lots of other causes for stinky breath, and bringing up that concern to your vet is a good thing. I agree that it would be beneficial to run a blood test to check out the kidneys and other body systems, just to rule out more serious problems. However, it is easy to miss dental problems just by looking at the mouth. Sometimes stuff is going on below the gum line that can only be seen with a thorough exam. Dental x-rays are also awesome and your vet may recommend them as well.

    Of course, your vet can help your prioritize which tests will be most helpful based on your budget, and I'm sure they will have more input for you as well based on their physical exam. Your vet will be able to best guide you in treatment and they will help determine whether the tear staining and stinky breath are issues that you should pursue.
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by