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Bichon: brown staining on her feet, lower legs, Mouth area and rectum

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brown staining on Bichon
Bianca has brown staining on her feet, lower legs,
Mouth area and rectum. what can we do to stop it ?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Tears and saliva are both very acidic and that's the reason that the fur is turning brown.

There are a lot of different whiteners that you can buy over the counter. Your vet can probably recommend a good one but you probably benefit from checking with your groomer first. They deal with this problem on a daily basis so have a broader knowledge basis.

If she is licking her feet a lot, you may want to have her checked and see if allergies are a problem.


Another treatment for this is giving your dog bottled or distilled water instead of tap water. Many breeders of white colored dogs swear that 1/2 tablet of tums, 2 times daily works wonders OR teaspoon of white cider vinegar added to drinking water. (it changes the ph in the tears.) Check with your vet before trying this one because I have never used it myself.


Tetracycline is the drug of choice for this common tear problem with the breed and is readily available for an adult dog from your veterinarian, (it cannot be given to puppies ao pregnant bitches as it will stain juvienile teeth).


Let me know if you have more questions!

Good luck!










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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX to the Vet , He said she has allergies
and give her Benadryl. She has been on this 3 weeks
with no change. We ran into another bichon owner and
she said to give chlor-trimeton. shpould we use ?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX to the Vet , He said she has allergies
and give her Benadryl. She has been on this 3 weeks
with no change. We ran into another bichon owner and
she said to give chlor-trimeton. should we use ?
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

You CAN but it probably won't be any more effective than the benadryl.


I would talk with the vet about using a round of tetracycline. Just give him a call over the phone. This is common treatment for this.

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