Often seen in small and toy breed dogs and more noticeable on those breeds with a lighter coloured coat. The tears from weepy eyes turn the fur a pinkish-brown colour. The fur can also be stained around the mouth (from the saliva) and it can also affect the paws if the dog is constantly licking and biting them.
It is not:
Tear and fur staining is caused by a build-up of excess waste toxins in the system, which is present in the body fluids (tears and saliva), staining the fur.
– Lower quality food; unsuitable ingredients; chemical additives
– Excessive intake of protein and fat
– Food allergy or intolerance
It is important to feed a natural, wholesome food, based on complex carbohydrates, that is low in fat and protein and free from additives (other than essential vitamins and minerals). Fed sparingly this can avoid build-up of toxic waste in the system which causes tear staining.
Food allergy or intolerance may also be a cause due to an increase in inflammation so feeding a hypoallergenic diet is important.
– Keep to the same diet for around 12 weeks unless we advise otherwise.
– Feed sparingly, weigh out the food, we often overestimate the needs of our smaller dogs.
– Cut out treats, dental chews, table scraps and fruit – vegetables are fine.
– Find the right food for your dog, one dog may not be suited to chicken but do well on duck, a potato or maize based diet may be more effective that rice.
Most of our diets are potentially suitable but if you need help deciding here are some great options:
It can take at least 2 -3 months on a new food to see any changes in your dogs tear stains.
Get in touch with the Burns Health and Nutrition Team for individually tailored advice on the right food type and amounts for your dog. At Burns we work to address pet health conditions brought about by unhealthy lifestyle and especially diet. Drawing on the link between health and nutrition, we developed dry pet food that offers the same benefits for your favourite furry friend as simple homecooked food.