Bottled Water Reduces Tear Staining - Rudy

by Marie
(NY)

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I give him purified water from a bottle to reduce tear staining. It is less expensive and there are no harmful chemicals. It took about a week to see the difference, but now he is stain free.

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Sep 18, 2016
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Purified or Bottled Water?? NEW
by: Margo

My 2 year old Bichon Frise has bad tear stains. She's been on grain free food for a couple of months and distilled water. I hear distilled water is not good for drinking, so WHICH is better for reducing tear stains: SPRING water or PURIFIED water??

Sep 18, 2016
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Bichon's tear stains NEW
by: Margo

My 2 year old Bichon Frise has terrible tear stains. I switched her to Merrick Grain Free food, but which is better: SPRING water or PURIFIED water for tear stains???

Jan 06, 2016
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poppie are so cute NEW
by: vanessa

love the babys im going to get one ore two

Jul 05, 2015
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Teething NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes mine did go away as they got older. I think I read that it could go along w/ teething.

Jun 06, 2015
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Eye stain NEW
by: Rita

I use Collyrium for those eye stains.....Works great.....I wet a cotton wipe and just wipe it off...... The Collyrium can be purchased at most pharmacys........

Mar 22, 2015
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New Maltese mum NEW
by: Michelle

I have a puppy with huge stains, I bought wipes, even give him special food to help it.. Will it eventually go away? And I give him bottled water ofcourse..

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No Dog Tear Stains With Bottled Water

by Kristina Haws
(Fruita, CO, USA)

If you only give your Maltese bottled water, you will see your dog tear stains disappear! It works so well that if I give him tap water for even one night, the eye problem gets horrible right away. If I change right away to bottled water it clears dog tear stains up immediately!

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Filtered Water for Eye Stains

by Mike T
(B-Ham)

I only give Tiger (3 year old Maltese) filtered water for eye stains. I just use a PUR that is hooked up to my sink. I think hard water has a lot to do with tear staining. That's a "me" study, nothing proven. He still gets a little staining but that's very light and mainly just "tears" that I wipe off. He looks great. I honestly think it has a lot to do with the water you give them.

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Castor & Pollux Organix Food and Spring (bottled) water

by Loretta Moore
(Wimberley, TX US)

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Our dog Yahtzee has had TERRIBLE tear stains ever since he was a puppy. He is now almost a year old and has absolutely no tear stains at all!! Finding a food with no wheat, corn, or soy is paramount to getting rid of tear stains. We found that Castor & Pollux Organix line is perfect. The moment we started him on his new food, his tear stains had diminished and were completely gone in 1 month. In addition to his new food that he LOVES, we only give him spring or bottled spring (not bottled purified, distilled, or drinking) water, and gluten free treats. The brand Canyon Creek Ranch, which typically have five ingredients or less, have been a hit with our dog. He loves the chicken & apple and the chicken poppers (chicken and rice)! We get all of our stuff from PetSmart. If your dog doesn't like the Organix food, Castor & Pollux told us that we could return it for a full refund. How great is that? You have nothing to lose but your Maltese's tear stains!

For those Maltese owners that are out there and contemplating giving your dog Angel Eyes that contains Tylosine (an antibiotic)......DON'T!! No animal or human needs to be on antibiotics continuously. Not to mention, the amount of tylosine that you sprinkle in their food or water is unknown.

All it takes is a switch to good food and clean water. Read the labels... they're there for a reason! If there is a colorant in the food, don't buy it... it WILL cause tear stains!

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Jul 31, 2017
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ANGEL EYES NEW
by: DAISY

Within the past couple years they stopped putting the antibiotics in Angel Eyes. I agree antibiotics are no good for our fur babies. Don't rush out to buy some. Now it doesn't do anything.

Feb 14, 2017
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remedy to remove eye stains! NEW
by: Anonymous

add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to bottled water, in their water dish! it will reduce the eye stain! keep fles away also great for their skin and fur! good luck!


Nov 06, 2014
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No more brown eyes NEW
by: Shadalyn

I too have switched to bottled purified water for my toy poodle and no more brown face! I truly believe that was the problem.

May 20, 2011
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Clear Tear Stains with a grain free diet
by: Gabry

I agree that grains cause staining, I also changed my dog's diet they are both shih tzu breed, with white faces, and they where terribly stained, I tried everything on the market, nothing seemed to work the hair beneath their eyes was always wet. Then I tried feeding them a grain free diet, no colors, no beet pulp and after a few days I noticed the hair was dry and the new growth was still white! now they are getting whiter every day! It took me a year to figure that out, but finally I am glad to have healthy dogs with beautiful white faces! I feed them with Origen

Dec 27, 2010
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Dog food for Malteses tear stains
by: Little Miss Muffit

Thank you for this comment. I've used Angel Eyes, but it is not a permanent fix and is a lot
of money and I think you are right about it being not a good thing. I shop at PetSmart, too, but have not seen the dog food you recommend. I'll ask them about it. Muffit is a Morkie, but cream-colored with gold highlights. The tear stains aren't too bad, but she gets a lot of "gunk" in them. Our water has a lot of iron in it so that is probably a cause of tear stains.

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Bottled Water for Tear Stains

by Rosemarie
(Freehold, NJ)

I give my Teddy Bear Poland Springs bottled water and since I started that he does not have tear stains any more.

My groomer was amazed and said that one of his other clients said she had a problem too until she started to give her Maltese and Bichon Frise bottled water.



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Jan 02, 2011
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Tear stains
by: Anonymous

Bottled water and no food or treats with dyes has worked. I tried Angel Eyes which worked for one of my malteses but not the other. Bottled water and good food works for both now and I don't have to buy the Angel Eyes.

Feb 21, 2010
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bottle water fail
by: Anonymous

We gave our Maltese bottled water and it never worked for us. Still bad tear stains. What finally worked for us was cutting all grains out of his diet. Tear Stains NO more!

Feb 19, 2010
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Bottled Water
by: Robert

It does work!! For the last 2 weeks I have been given Ragsy bottled water, the his tear stain have gone away too. Also don't give them colored treats.

Feb 19, 2010
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water is definitely a culprit
by: misabellasmommy

i have always given Misa bottled or purified and she has PERFECT eyes every day since 1 years old...not so much before then! ;-)

Feb 19, 2010
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Bottled Water
by: Little Miss Muffit

Thank you. I will try it.

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Distilled Water for Tear Stains

I have a six year old female named Fancy. I asked several vets what could be done about her eye staining to no avail. I was reading a magazine on Maltese and found an article that suggested distilled water. Now don't expect this to miraculously work overnight it takes at least a couple of months.

It seems that this article said it was the excess minerals coming out of the dogs' system, something along the same lines of us humans pooping out vitamins we don't need. A gallon of distilled water is only about a dollar and it takes my baby a long time to drink a gallon of water, even with giving her fresh water daily.

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Nov 04, 2009
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WARNING!! DO NOT GIVE DISTILLED WATER DAILY!!
by: Anonymous

I know you have the best intentions. But...

DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG DISTILLED WATER ON A DAILY BASIS!!!

Distilled water will destroy the body's mineral content & worse, will upset the electrolyte balance in the dog's system leading to potassium deficiencies & heart problems. It sucks vitamins & minerals from the body & flushes out their system. Giving it to your dog once or twice a week for an internal cleanse/tear stain controller is fine. But, do not, under any circumstances give DISTILLED water to your pet every day. Spring water is fine. I give my Mini Eskie Spring Water only & it controls her tear stains very nicely. So, yeah... be sure to opt for spring water & if you absolutely need to, only give the distilled water AT MOST 2-3 Times a week.

PS - Wiping under the eyes with distilled water twice daily makes a big difference in the stain. I did this for my Luna, along with her drinking only spring water & being on a grain-free diet (I feed her Orijen brand kibble. She is totally tear free.

I must say it again, just to draw attention:

!! DO NOT GIVE YOUR DOG DISTILLED WATER ONLY !!

Jun 15, 2009
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Tear Stains
by: M from Oklahoma

I've had a Maltese since shes been a puppy. Ive never had problems with tear stains. Ive always used bottled water with her and Angel eyes in her food. Between the two they seen to work great! Also, check your dog food and make sure it does not contain red dyes in the food. Hope this helps.

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Filtered Drinking Water

by Bev

I had read that filtered water helps with tear stain. I have filtered water through my refrigerator, so easy enough to try. I have noticed a significant improvement since only using filtered water.

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Jan 15, 2010
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Purified Water does wonders to get rid of tear stains
by: Anonymous

When we first got our maltipoo,Lacey,we gave her regular tap water.She was on commercial dog food ie Science Diet & IAMS and her tear stains were terrible!We had to clean her eyes almost every day.After I read up on tear stains in Maltese I started giving her filtered water from the bottle.Her tear stains has decreased by 99%.Now,we still have tear stains but only need to clean it about once to twice a week!Defiantly a remedy that works & also natural dog food helps too!

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Reduce Tear Staining with Bottled Water and Natural Dog Food

by Cynthia Toohill
(Bellerose, NY)

My 3yo had dog tear staining and I tried so many different products. Nothing worked. After doing extensive reading on the subject. I decided to put her on bottled water ONLY and I feed her Innova dog food. It is all natural with no artificial colors. I only give her natural treats with no added dyes to make the food look "appealing".

She has been completely tear stain free since. Trust me it works. I am convinced it is the high mineral content in tap water and all the artificial colors that are added to low grade and commercial dog food that contribute to the tear staining. Good luck!

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Jun 07, 2014
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Maltese Tear Stains NEW
by: Becky

How long does it normally take for the stains to clear up once the dog is switched to natural grain free food and bottled water only? I switched my foster to grain free Natural Balance fish formula food (it was suggested he could be allergic to chicken). And I ALWAYS give my dogs filtered water only. Is that not good enough, should I switch to bottled? What kind of bottled? He's been on the new food for a week and no change so far.

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Filtered Water for Tear Stains

by Mark
(Dallas)

We are the proud owners of 4 Maltese and all four had tear stain. We used Angel Eyes and it solved the problem. A friend and fellow Maltese owner suggested we use filtered water and that worked as well and is a cheaper alternative. I suggest if this is an issue that you attempt filtered water and see if that eliminates the problem, if not Angel Eyes is an excellent product and alternative.

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Distilled Water for Tear Stains

I was told that tear stains are from the iron in the tap water given to your dog to drink and distilled water does not do that. True? Not sure but I am going to give distilled water a try it!

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No More Tear Stain With Filtered Water

by Jane
(United Kingdom)

My nephew has a West Highland White terrier, which, because it is pure white, suffers often, like Maltese dogs, with tear stain. Imagine how surprised I was to see its near perfect white eyes recently. How? They just started to give him only filtered water (from a filter jug). Now - no tear stains at all!!

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Distilled Water to Remove Tear Stains

I have a Bichon but I think this will work with your Maltese. I read in an article that giving your dog distilled water will control the eye stains and I tried it.

It really works. I ran out one day and gave him sink water for about four days and the stains returned. he's now back on the distilled water and its clearing up.

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Sep 06, 2009
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Distilled water
by: Marianne

I have been giving distilled water to my three Maltese in ceramic or metal bowls only and it does work.

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Angel Eyes and Distilled Water

by Pat
(Baton Rouge, LA)

I've used Angel Eyes for about 3 weeks. During this time I trim away the stained hair a little at a time. I also changed my babies' water. They ONLY drink distilled water. Not just bottled water but distilled water. In a month's time their tear stains are all gone. As long as they only drink distilled water, the stains won't come back. It has been two years so far and no stains yet!

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Jul 29, 2015
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My Maltes has a bad habit NEW
by: Carol

My 4 month old Maltes is eating his own stool. Can you tell me how to stop that bad habit?

Jun 29, 2015
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Bottled water
by: Anonymous

I use spring water and bottled purified water. My 5 month old Maltese is good for either. Her tear stains are right in the corner and get hard. I've used a wash with a cotton ball and baby toothbrush. It's not helping.
I was giving her Angel Eyes, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I've asked my vet and as long as it's not tap water she said it was fine. I thought about using distiller water, but it doesn't have good reations here.
Her tear stains are there, I wash her face everyday. The longer hair is lightly stained, should I cut that off? I also have a Brita that my mom uses.
I'm confused, I know the spring water has lots of minerals, I don't use it in my Kuerig because of build up.

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