Why Does My Dog Have Eye Stains?

Posted by Katya on January 17th, 2013

Does your dog get stains under his or her eyes? This can mean that something is preventing your pup’s tears from the normal function of emptying into the nose and down the throat. Often this causes tears to just sit on the fur under the eyes, keeping that area wet. Since fur holds onto moisture and might even breed bacteria, this can result in that dark-colored staining you sometimes see on a dog’s face. Certain breeds seem to be more prone to this, and if your pooch’s coat is white it’s likely even more prominent.

There is the aesthetic component to eye stains which may or may not bother you, but it could also be a symptom of a more serious issue that needs addressing. Many products out there offer to help with eye staining, but it’s recommended that you first talk to your veterinarian to diagnose and treat it. By making sure you address the problem that could be behind it, you can make decisions that are best for your dog! For more information about what could be causing these stains or how to keep them at bay, click here.

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