One question we are asked all the time is, “How do I get rid of tear stains?” It’s one of the most common Yorkie grooming questions.
They’ve been called tear stains, eye gunk, eye boogers, eye crud, eye crusties, eye discharge, and others. Whatever you call it, let’s face it, it’s gross. Tear stains are something that, at one point or another, every Yorkie owner will contend with. So, how do you deal with tear stains?
So, what causes tear stains? Generally, the answer is a minor infection, either bacteria or yeast. Sometimes tear stains are caused by an allergy. Occasionally, tear stains are caused by eye irritation. How do you know which is causing your Yorkie’s eye crud? The only real way to tell is with trial and error to see which remedies work for you. So, let’s take a look at steps you can take to eliminate unsightly eye crusties.
First, no matter the reason behind the tear stains, always keep your Yorkie’s eyes clean! You can use Hypo-Allergenic Grooming Wipes or Eye Envy Dog Tear Stain Remover in combination with a good Yorkie facial comb to keep the hair under the eye area clear.
If the tear stains are caused by an infection, the best remedy is a product called Angels’ Eyes Tear-Stain Eliminator. It’s a product that you add to your Yorkie’s food that eliminates the tear stains from the inside out. Unlike other products that are topical, Angel’s Eyes gets rid of the problem from the source. I have used Angels’ Eyes for Catherine and it works like a charm. It does contain an antibiotic, Tylosin as Tartrate, so it should not be used for extended periods of time.
If you are unsure about using an antibiotic over an extended period of time, there is another option. I’ve recently discovered a product called Miracle Eyes. It is a supplement that works from the inside out, but without antibiotics. Miracle Eyes contains probiotics and helps to prevent and reduce harmful bacteria. This stuff really is a miracle. If your yorkie’s tear stains are caused by bacteria, Miracle Eyes could be your miracle cure. I have used Miracle Eyes on Catherine, after running out of Angels’ Eyes and her tear stains came back. The Miracle Eyes works just as well for her, but without the worry of using an antibiotic.
If the tear stains are caused by an allergy, the first step is to eliminate food allergens, most notably wheat. Feed a high-quality food that does not contain any wheat. Also consider what may be in the water you are giving your Yorkie. There can be minerals, chemicals, and other impurities in tap water, so consider giving your Yorkie filtered or distilled water. Other allergens may come from grooming products. Use high-quality grooming products like Yorkie Splash shampoo and Yorkie Shine conditioner that contain no allergens or chemicals.
Finally, irritation can also cause tear stains. Make sure that the hair around your Yorkie’s eyes is properly trimmed. Many times, little hairs can turn inward and irritate the eye. Check daily to make sure that no hairs are in the eyes or rubbing against the eye ball.
If you pay attention to your Yorkie’s eyes, you can keep them clean and beautiful and make them the envy of every Yorkie in town.
*I am not a veterinarian! Please speak with you vet before taking any measures that may cause harm to your Yorkie. Post updated on June 3rd, 2015.