My Dogs Are Getting Tear Stains?

I have 2 dogs, a Bichon Frise and a Bichon mix.

My Bichon Frise always had small tear stains since I adopted her from a rescue, but not horribly bad.

My Bichon mix never did.

recently they did have a change in their diet… my one went from Chicken and rice (which the vet recommended since he had bad allergies) and my other went from Innova Chicken small bites to Innova EVO for dogs with skin allergies. A few weeks ago we started them on Red Meat EVO… which has Turkey and Buffalo as the main ingredient.

Both love it and do really well on it, but I notice both are starting to get bad tear stains no matter how often I clean them.

Is it because the food has a higher concentration of red meat?
Actually, EVO IS made for allergies.

EVO is more meat based and has less grains which is exactly what 88% of dogs with food related skin allergies are allergic to… the grains.

it is vet and pet nutritionist recommended

Take a look at this site.. it might help you understand it better..

http://www.bhejei.com/tearsta.htm

Ohhhh… I also found this, some ways to help get rid of it! (I know there is something you can get from the vet, my brother used it on one of his dogs, but I don't know what the name of it is off the top of my head.. but here were some frugal suggestions!)

RE: Removing Tear Stains From a Dog's Eyes
Post By M. Simmon (Guest Post) (03/24/2008)

Give the dog a teaspoon of plain yogurt once a week it will fight the yeast that is causing the red tear stains to begin with. It will take a few weeks to notice but it will cut down on the amount. In the mean time clean the eyes with baby wipes cut into smaller sections to save on the cost.

RE: Removing Tear Stains From a Dog's Eyes
Post By linda (Guest Post) (11/24/2007)

Try Purifeye – www.petpurity.com – It works wonders! And its all natural so its healthy!

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf79995823.tip.html

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  • GeminiRebelLady

    Take a look at this site.. it might help you understand it better..

    http://www.bhejei.com/tearsta.htm

    Ohhhh… I also found this, some ways to help get rid of it! (I know there is something you can get from the vet, my brother used it on one of his dogs, but I don't know what the name of it is off the top of my head.. but here were some frugal suggestions!)

    RE: Removing Tear Stains From a Dog's Eyes
    Post By M. Simmon (Guest Post) (03/24/2008)

    Give the dog a teaspoon of plain yogurt once a week it will fight the yeast that is causing the red tear stains to begin with. It will take a few weeks to notice but it will cut down on the amount. In the mean time clean the eyes with baby wipes cut into smaller sections to save on the cost.

    RE: Removing Tear Stains From a Dog's Eyes
    Post By linda (Guest Post) (11/24/2007)

    Try Purifeye – http://www.petpurity.com – It works wonders! And its all natural so its healthy!

    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf79995823.tip.html
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  • or1088

    Yes, it could be from a change in the amount of enzymes produced by the new diets. Cosmetically, they make shampoos that are meant to break down these enzymes- ask your vet or groomer for recommendations.
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  • Leigh

    EVO does not make a formulation for allergies (and I think it's too high in protein for toy breeds, too). This company does make a food for allergies, it is called California Naturals…you should investigate that one…there could be something in the EVO causing an allergic reaction-there are several ingredients in the food. California Naturals has limited ingredients and is much better for allergy prone dogs, and is made with the same high manufacturing standards as EVO…my allergic dogs are on it, and it's fantastic. The allergies COULD be causing runny eyes. Some things that could help: Trying California Naturals, because it's formulated for allergic dogs. Only 3 ingredients. Try the Lamb & Rice or Herring and Sweet Potato, since the dog has been exposed to chicken (one of my dogs is allergic to chicken). You could try giving the dog only filtered water…you don't have to buy bottled-just get a Brita pitcher or a $30 tap mount filter…many people swear that filtered water helps. A third option is Angel Eyes http://www.angelseyesonline.com/ . For tear stains that are already present, my favorite tool is DiamondEye tear stain remover-it's the only one I have tried that actually works!

    EDIT: I'm not putting down the food, EVO is excellent quality. I'm just saying that there are a lot of ingredients in EVO, and unless you know for certain what your dog is allergic to (through testing) it COULD contain something your dog is allergic to (egg, dairy, even one of the protein sources). The reason I suggested California Naturals is because it is SPECIFICALLY formulated for allergic dogs and contains only 3 ingredients. The Lamb & Rice has only Lamb, brown rice, and white rice, along with vitamins and minerals. That makes it highly unlikely that your dog will encounter an allergen in the food. EVO is often fed by owners with allergic dogs, but it is not the food that is made especially for allergies. Both EVO and Cal.Nat. are made by Natura and are of excellent quality…I wouldn't have suggested you even change, except that you are having tear stain issues. The other reason I suggested a change is the 42.42% protein level…my vet told me that toys are prone to urinary issues, and that level can be too high for little dogs…I was concerned about your dog's long term health.
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