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How to Treat Tear Staining in Dogs and Cats

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Dog’s eyes will naturally tear a little bit, especially when they are growing puppies with rapidly changing faces and sore teeth. For light or white coloured dogs this can lead to visible staining around the eyes and muzzle. If excessive tearing is causing a sticky build up that is irritating your dog’s face, or you simply want to remove the stains for cosmetic reasons, there are several options available.

It is very important to know that not all of these options are advisable.

Option one is to add a low grade anti biotic in your dog’s food. This will work cosmetically for a time but… the bacteria will most likely build up a tolerance to the anti biotic and also it is very important to let the tears come out naturally anyway. If the staining is a reddy brown – everything is a-ok and your dog’s eyes are healthy. However if here is a green or yellow colour a trip to the vet is needed. Checking the colour of the stains is an easy way of monitoring your pets health and I would personally much rather keep the anti-biotics for when they are genuinely necessary. Therefore we do not sell these products and do not recommend them.

Option two is to let the tears come out and then treat them externally. This is a much better idea for the reasons outlined above, but you still need to be careful choosing a product. Some products on the market contain bleaches and chemicals such as peroxide, we do not sell them either. Some people have success with apple cider vinegar but as this has a laxative effect I wouldn’t recommend it!

The products available on our website are natural and contain NO antibiotics, bleaches, peroxides, or anything else nasty that we wouldn’t be happy to recommend. For white coated dogs, Eye Envy is our bestselling product. It removes stains naturally and very effectively with a two part topical powder and liquid treatment that doesn’t sting! It is suitable for both dogs and cats.

Another all natural, safe and effective option is the Happytails Eyemunity and Eye Pad program. The Eyemunity is a safe, natural food supplement to help boost your dog’s immune system while the Eye Pads contain gentle ingredients like collodial silver to remove the stains externally. For dogs that just have a wee bit of staining or a grubby muzzle, the Eye Pads on their own are a great way to clean the stains off without harming your precious pet.

Here come the Pup-parazzi!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

TV3 have contacted us as they are looking for participants for an upcoming documentary.

It’s for a one off documentary exploring how people look after their pets. From feeding, walking and grooming to shopping for, the documentary will show the many ways that pets are cared for.

The producers of the program are looking for contributors to take part. Filming would take place in February, lasting around a day.

If you would like to take part, email your details to [email protected] and we will pass them on.

Happy Shopping Pup-parazzi dodging,

Claire and Molly

Lucky the hot dog :)

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Our fluffy collie/terrier mix Lucky ADORES the sun. The trouble is, in hot weather he doesn’t know when he’s too hot and will sit there, baking and cranky, refusing to come into the shade.

We’re helping to keep him from over heating by brushing him regularly to get rid of any dead hair in his undercoat so his skin can breathe better. His undercoat is like candy floss, I’m always amazed at how much comes off in the brush! I find that this soft slicker brush works best on his coat.

A couple of years ago I invested in this sandbox from Smyths (it was still available today according to their online catalog.) I half fill it with water and a mixture of floating toys and heavier ones that sink to the bottom. Molly and Lemar love dipping their faces in to fish out the toys and it really helps cool them off. But of course, Lucky always refuses to leave his precious sunny spot by the back door… so instead I wet one of his tshirts before putting it on him; this always helps and he really seems to appreciate it, especially since he doesn’t have to move!

I never bring the hounds anywhere without a Handi-drink especially on long walks or car journeys – and have recently discovered they can also be used to spray the back of Lucky’s neck and face when he’s overheating.

I also put ice cubes in their water dishes to keep the water cold.

I hope you find this helpful, feel free to post any other tips for keeping your “hot dog” cool!

Claire xx