Tear staining is most commonly seen in white-haired dogs with short noses such as the Shih-Tzu, Maltese, Chihuahua.
When the tears overflow from the eyes they can cause tear staining. Tear stains are the red discolouration under the pets eyes. There are a number of reasons that cause tears to overflow. This can occur in any dog but is most commonly is seen in white-haired dogs with short noses such as the Shih-Tzu, Maltese, Chihuahua.
Common signs of an eye problem:
- Pawing at eye
If your pet shows any of these signs, seek veterinary attention.
Common causes of tear staining:
- Hair irritation
- Eye foreign body
- Blocked tear ducts
- Inturned eyelashes
- Dry eye
Tips to help manage tear staining:
- Wipe eyes regularly with sterile saline
- Regular grooming to avoid hair irritating the eyes
- Training of the hair around the eyes to grow away from the eyes. This can be done using a damp cloth and wiping the hair away from the eyes.
- Avoid known allergens
If your pet suddenly develops excessive tears, red eyes or rubbing of the eyes, seek veterinary attention.