Diet Stops Dog Tear Stains

by Alison
(KY)

We have 3 Maltese dogs and have found our tear stains were coming from the food they eat (Iams). We have since changed to a food we get from our vet. We also only give our Maltese dogs distilled water to drink. Since making these changes the tear stains are gone.

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Dec 05, 2016
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Gluten free diet for 9 yr old Golden Retriever NEW
by: Anonymous

I switched my dog to a gluten free diet and no more diarrhea and no tear stains!

Mar 15, 2015
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I look for dye in food NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't buy food that contains any amount of dye in it. Since I've done this my dog doesn't have stain anymore. The way it was explained to me is that small dogs can only urinate out so much dye through their system. Since there's no sweat glands, the only other place the dye can be released is through the tear ducts. Makes sense to me and it worked for him. He does drink tap water, never knew about that. Good to know.

Oct 14, 2013
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BLUE dog food for tear stains
by: Maltese Maniac

I've found from many comments from other Maltese dog lovers that BLUE dog food works the best to stop tear stains. You can see the recommendations here: Blue Buffalo Dog Food

Oct 14, 2013
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stained eyes
by: leanne

i was just wanting to know what brands of food do people suggest i buy my dog for his stained eyes

Oct 17, 2011
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Tear Stains
by: Sharyl

We also found out by accident that diet helps. Our one dogs developed allergies so we switched to food and treats that do not contain wheat. No more tear stain.

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Changing Food Eliminated All Stains

by Trish
(Boca Raton, FL)

My 10 month old Maltese Shih Tzu mix had a bad eye staining problem and Angel Eyes absolutely does work, but when I stopped using it the stains returned as bad as ever.

I switched her to Merrick Grain Free dog food several months ago and the staining is entirely gone now. I read somewhere that the ingredients in some dog foods contribute to the staining, and evidently Merrick is free of whatever causes it.

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Mar 16, 2016
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Puppies
by: Katherine

I have 4,5 week old puppies who have tear stains so it is not the food they eat as they are still being fed by mum, so I am looking for a solution on helping them NOW, can anyone advise on that??

Jan 13, 2009
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by: Yui-Ikari

I will totally try that. My puppy has the same problems as yours. thanks!

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Beet Pulp Free Food

If you feed food with beet pulp as an ingredient you will have much worse tear stains. I was my boys eyes everyday and feel beet free and they both have beautiful faces with no stains.

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Avoid Pet Foods with Dye

by Ginny
(Glen Head, NY)

I have two Maltese dogs. Both had severe red tear stain. I took one to a dog opthalmologist who suggested surgery to close the tear ducts. Fortunately, I did not listen to that. At about that time, the scare of pets dying from pet food produced in China occurred. I stopped feeding my dogs pet food and began making their food from table scraps and beef patties, vegetables, pasta, eggs, cheese, etc. Within two weeks the red eye stain was completely gone from both of them and has never returned in the 4 years since. Dog food is loaded with chemicals, preservatives, food coloring, fillers. I don't know what they were getting that created the reaction of red eye stain. Read about cooking for your Maltese. Avoid certain things like onions and grapes and heavily seasoned foods like tomato sauce, but otherwise, go ahead and try this. It works!!!!

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Jul 21, 2012
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Eye Stains NEW
by: Jo

I switched foods but had only partial success eliminating eye stains. Then I switched waters! Spring water helped more than the food, but filtered water was the answer for us. I see very few eye stains any more.

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Orijen Dog Food and Angels Eyes

by J and RU
(Santa Rosa, CA)

I took my dog of all grain and feed him Orijen Grain-Free dog food now, its gluten and grain free and gave him Angels Eyes for about a week and kept his face trimmed and now he has no tear stains at all!!! Amazing!! We get compliments everywhere we go!!

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Jan 02, 2013
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Royal Canin Pet Food NEW
by: Pet Club India

For every animal is different, Royal Canin provides adapted nutritional answers for your animal. Royal Canin focus totally on the animal, with the aim of improving daily life and ensuring better health for dogs and cats through nutrition.
Royal Canin Pet Food

Oct 12, 2011
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stains
by: Anonymous

if it worked for you before why change? my dogs are fine with orijen, no more tear stains, could it be the angel eyes natural that doesn't work for you? I haven't used it but I heard it take more time to work, compared to angel eyes original

Oct 11, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I used angel eyes chicken with royal canin, which was great.
I then used urijen with angel eyes natural, Now my dog has tear stains. problem is because the reviews were great I bought the biggest urijen and angel eyes. Now I'm stuck. but I cannot stand it so I am going to go back to what worked

May 30, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I agree and I got my dogs off of grains too, switched to Origen, and removed the old stains with eye envy, now they are not staining anymore the new growth is nice and white! It was about time! All stain removers are useless if you don't cure the cause, in my case it was the grains especially corn contained in other commercial foods. Come to think of it corn turns pink when exposed to the air after you take a bite off the cob. What ever stain remover you use first change their diet, and remove the grains.

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Homemade Dog Food for Tear Stains

I have two Maltese and had terrible red tear stains problems with both. I even took one to a dog eye specialist who recommended tear duct surgery. I opted not to do that but to start feeding both dogs homemade dog food. Within two weeks, the tear staining had nearly stopped. It has been two years now since they have had dog food. They are in excellent health and have no tear stain whatsoever.

I think the eyestain problem is related to food coloring or preservatives in dog food. I went to gourmet dog food labels to see what vegetables and meats to feed them. There are also many suggestions on the internet for feeding balanced diets to small dogs. I find that this is no more expensive than buying prepared dog foods. I often make up a batch of homemade dog food in the food processor and then put them in individual sandwich baggies in the freezer. Then I only need to thaw one bag at a time for a balanced meal. They are the best fed dogs in town, and they look beautiful!

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Dog Food Allergies

by Kim Pulsipher
(Fort Myers, Florida)

I found out accidentally that my Rosie is sensitive to wheat. I changed her food and kept her off of wheat for about 3 months.

Now she can tolerate small amounts, which is good because one of her favorite treats is dry macaroni noodles. Crunch Crunch!

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May 06, 2009
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Eye Stain vs. Hypo-Allergenic Dog Food
by: Mark Grove

We recently came into possession of a 3yr. old orphaned Maltese Terrier. When we got him he had some slight eye stain and the tips of his rear feet had a pinkish cast. After having him thouroughly checked out by local Veternarians to insure that he was healthy and to update all his shots, in discussion at that time it was their opinion that the dog had allergy/allergies and suggested trying feeding hypo-allergenic dog food and the eye stain should disappear. We have been feeding him only this type of dog food for several months now and he no longer has any eye stain and also he no longer has the pinkish cast on his rear feet. There are many different flavors of hypo-allergenic dog foods as well as different types of treats so you can give them some variety. The only down side is that the hypo-allergneic dog food is more expensive to buy, but with a small breed like the Maltese, it doesn't put you in the "poor house". We have found this type of dog food at some pet supply stores is somewhat more reasonable than if purchased from a Veternary Clinic. This has certainly worked for us and might be worth a try for others as a remedy for the eye stain and the continuous need for treatment.

Oct 07, 2008
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Allergies
by: Anonymous

What were the symptoms of her allergies?

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Science Diet Puppy Food

by Jenna
(NC)

My Maltese Dottie had eye stains that weren't too bad but I still wanted to see if I could make under her eyes whiter. Every night I wash her face with Johnson's No Tears Baby Wash (careful not to get in the eyes). She also eats a healthy diet of Science Diet puppy food that seems to have also helped.

I warn you though, when you switch a puppy's food, they can get a very upset tummy so do so slowly. Mix a bit of the new food with the old food until eventually, you can give your little girl or boy all of the new food and they will be used to it!

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Jun 06, 2010
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Science Diet for Maltese No more stained eyes.
by: Liz

My Female Matlese had very bad stained eyes..They were Rust colored...Her eyes were always teary and irritating her..
I recently changed he diet to Science Diet and stopped giving her chicken treats from Vitalife and see a tremendous difference.her eyes are not bothering her anymore and she is getting whiter everyday.

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Grain Free Diet Reduces Tear Stains

by Anne
(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)

I changed my dog's diet to grain free with an added probiotic. Two months later she is completely red stain free. She debeloped this problem at 8 months old and it took me more than two years to find the solution. Vet prescribed eye drops and an eye wash that did nothing. I tried most things I found on google, but only this worked. I came across a veterinarian post that said red tear stains were from bacteria in the stomach. Changed the diet and complete success. Her eyes do not run anymore and her face looks amazing now :)

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Dec 19, 2014
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angles eyes
by: Anonymous

can you tell me which Angles eyes product it was. the Natural one or the one with the active antibiotic???

Dec 11, 2014
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Tear stains
by: Anonymous

We used Angels Eyes powder for our maltese/papillon mix, Cricket, for her tear stains. You sprinkle a tiny amount (they provide a small spoon) on food or a snack. After a while, we didn't need to use it anymore. I don't know if it was due to her growing out of whatever was causing her tear stains or not, but it worked for her. You can save a lot of money by buying it on line or on E-BAY instead of a local store. Good luck!

Dec 11, 2014
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Grain free diet
by: Rich


Hello,
Thanks for the great advice. :-) Would you tell me what you're feeding her? Is it store bought or do you make it yourself? Happy Holidays!

Rich

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Home Cooked Dog Food for Tearstain

by Nora Yuen
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

I do not have a Maltese but I have a Shih Tzu and a Poodle Terrier mix. Both with tearstain problems. The vet told me that it is part of their genetics and bread. 3 months ago, I started to cook for my dogs. No more commercial dog food, only home cooked dog food. Just hamburger meat with brown rice and veg or chicken with brown rice and veg. Astonishingly, the tearstain from both dogs disappeared. I cannot get over it but not only do my dogs have more energy, seems a lot livelier and happier, but no tearstains at all. None.

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Mar 25, 2013
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Dog food and tear stains NEW
by: Muffit

I have switched my dogs (big and little) over to grain free dog food hoping it would help with tear stains in my little dog (maltese/yorkie). I haven't noticed a big difference, but they've only been on it a couple of weeks. If that doesn't work, I may have to try home cooked as you have. Thanks.

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Diet Change is key to tear stain removal!

by Starlit
(Gladewater, TX, USA)

I got my toy Mauzer from a friend who could no longer care for her. Her coat was very dull and shedding, her breath stunk and her tear stain was horrible. She was on Purina dog food. I changed her over to Natural Balance without grain, it is alot more expensive but since this, her coat is very shiny breath no longer smells and in 1 months there is NO MORE Tear stain!!!! Natural Balance is rather costly, but I highly reccommend it! I would also recommend a diet without wheat/grain for Maltese breed dogs. Their little tummies just can't handle it!

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Oct 13, 2014
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Food - Natural Balance NEW
by: Anonymous

Hallo, my Maltese has the same problems. What kind of Nature Balance food to you give?
Thank you

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Cure Eyestain with Homemade Food

by Karen
(Florida)

I stumbled on this by accident to help cure eyestain. Three months ago my otherwise very healthy purebred, 6- year old male Maltese came down with a case of diarrhea. I began treatment by 1- day of no food (just available water), 2-nd day boiled skinless chicken breast with white rice 1 feeding, 2-nd day upped it to 2- servings. Diarrhea cleared up quickly, (I kept him on the chicken/rice diet for 7- days to be safe), however the biggest change, and shock was the almost immediate difference in his eyestain! I hope I will be able to attach his picture, you will be amazed.

Not only are his eyes pure white with not a speck of staining, his coat(which I keep in a puppy cut), is growing like a weed and is shinier. He has been on this diet for 3-months now and will be for life. He LOVES the food also.

Of note, I was concerned about the lack of vitamins and nutrients essential to my dog with this diet. After much research I chose a "supplement paste" that I add to this homemade mixture. Just so every one knows, I have run all of this by my vet, and have his highest blessing. The only thing they did was try to sell me their daily vitamin pill version vitamin supplement. Not happening. My dog has an amazing ability to hide a pill in his mouth for hours only to spit it out later.. no matter how far it gets pushed down into his throat.

During my research I was shocked, appalled and at the very least disgusted at what goes into commercially made food! This wrnt for ALL brands, even the organic ones. Two of the "best" on the market hace had recalls due to saminella.

To those who think it sounds too expensive or time consuming I will say this.. I use about 5- chicken breast per week (my dog is a solid healthy 11- lb. male). I make enough for 3- days at a time, feedings twice a day.

It is a bit more expensive, but I love my dog and am more than willing to give up something like a Starbuck's a week. It helps that we have this little breed, not sure what it would cost for a large breed dog. Also, I know this diet has improved his overall health which will result in less vet bills, and a longer life. Think about it. What we put into them comes out in more than one way with the Maltese. Lately I am finding myself just staring into his eyes, they are so beautiful without any eyestaining. People are constantly commrnting on that and his overall coat. Hope this helps...

I am using an Ipad and the website will not allow me to attach pictures.. but if anyone has questions please ask.. I will go to my laptop and try to post pictures from that, if I can open the thread again.

Best regards.

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Dec 09, 2014
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More info please NEW
by: Charlie's mum

I would like to know more about your chicken and rice diet. How much of each etc.
I adore my 8 mth Mal-shi. No matter what we try nothing works and now I am starting to think of a diet change. I keep the hair around his eyes short so they don't irritate but i think maybe a diet change may be the key. ANY information would be helpful

May 11, 2013
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Eyestain cure by diet NEW
by: Little Miss Muffit

I appreciate your findings. My Muffit is a 4 yr. old Maltese/Yorkie mix. She has creamy white hair with gold touches. No matter what I've done, her eyes still tear (especially outdoors) and drip black goo staining her hair. I hate it. I wash her face and have cleansers for it, but nothing keeps it away. I want to try your chicken and rice idea, but it will be difficult as we have a German Shorthair. They share their food. I will have to figure out a way to feed them separately to try it; but I do want to try it. Thank you.

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Stop Eye Stain with Meat and Veg Diet

Stopped processed dog food and have been feeding cooked meat and raw vegies instead for years, no more eye stain!

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Taste of the Wild Grain-Free

by Jean Chafins
(Crossville, Tenn.)

I switched dog foods!!! To Taste of the Wild Grain-Free. Since I have been feeding this food, which I exchange every few months with Blue Buffalo, my Maltipoo has stopped having tear stains.

Now her face is clean and white all the time!! She is also healthier and her eyes shine brighter. She was on "Chicken Soup" before which is a very good food but her eyes teared so bad!!

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Jul 19, 2013
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food and tear stains NEW
by: Anonymous

our maltepoo had the stains for about the first 6 months. She was on food I got from the breeder which we started mixing chicken soup for the pet lover with but she is exceptionally small and the morsels were a bit hard to chew. We eventually went to blue buffalo which is more brittle than hard. For a year now we have had no problem with the stains. She drinks only bottled water also. I did try the eye envy and use it about once every 3 months just for one day. So the combination of the blue buffalo,bottled water and eye envy she has no stain at all.

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