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Poolle 15 yrs old () developed very tear stains and mouth

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poolle 15 yrs old (white) developed very brown tear stains and mouth and beard hair brown stains
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: lucy lou -female
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lucy Lou?
Customer: she eats a lot if you give her very good dog or people food
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

It sounds as if your dog's fur is becoming stained by her saliva. This is very common in white dogs and is purely cosmetic. There are some products that are marketed as being able to reduce tear staining but nothing is approved for this and there are no clinical studies to support their use. Some are safe, but others may be harmful if used incorrectly. The best recommendation I can make is to keep her fur clean by using a gentle eye flush to clean the corners of her eyes daily and trimming her beard. You can use Bausch and Lomb contact lens solution (Renu) to clean her eyes. If you want to try something you can give her with her food, some people have reported success using a product called "Angel Eyes" or a probiotic supplement called Proviable. These are fairly safe and available over the counter.

If she has excessive tearing, you can speak to your vet about an eye exam to look for causes of irritation the cause excessive tear production such as eyelashes that are growing into the eye.