Do you have a dog that needs continual cleaning under the inside corner of the eyes, next to the nose? Do crusts sometimes form and cause irritation to the skin in that area? This is a common problem, especially for some breeds.
For lighter color dogs, the brown staining is prominent and causes many owners great anxiety. They desperately seek a cure for the problem. More important is to find the cause of the excessive tearing and staining rather than “cosmetic band-aid” treatments.
Dog Breeds with Tear Staining
Smaller breed dogs seem to be the worst afflicted with this problem. The “flat-faced” breeds with bulgy eyes are particularly prone. The skin folds around their flat noses become inflamed and quite painful. Some common breeds with tear staining are:
What Causes Tear Staining?
The brownish stain under the eyes and next to the nose is caused by the oxidation of excessive tearing. Normally tears enter tear ducts at openings near the inside corner of the eyes and drain into the nose. Our tear system works exactly the same way. That is why we have to blow our noses when we cry.
If tear production exceeds the draining capacity of the tear ducts, the tears spill over the eyelid and roll down along the nose. Blockage or inadequate tear duct openings will also cause tears to spill over the eyelids. Causes for these problems include:
See part 2 of tear staining, diagnosing and treating tear staining in dogs.
If you are too far away to see Dr. Tudor in person, but still wish to make your own balanced dog food at home using Dr. Tudor's exclusive nutrient powder, omega 3 oil and recipes, we now offer two options for you:Healthier Homemade for Dogs
When you need or want custom recipes that are personalized for your fur family, our sister site Healthier Homemade can help you out. Because this service is remote, we are unable to give medical advice or diagnosis, so we work with your veterinarian to make sure your fur family is well cared for.
At Healthier Homemade, we offer Medical Recipe Programs for 14 different conditions. See them in detail here.
There are an assortment of recipe formulations for dogs with diagnosed Food Allergies. They include, High Protein, Instant, and Economy options.
If you have all Normal Adult Dogs in your fur family and wish to have more control over the formulations of your recipes, we offer Economy, Instant, High Protein, and Ultra-High Protein (including a few all meat options).
With all of our custom recipes you may include up to 4 dogs (with the same health profile) and you may choose cooking frequency from every day to once a week. We do all the math, we even calculate serving size for each dog! We also have detailed tutorials for each step of cooking, mixing, and storing.
If you are an experienced cook, like flexibility, have a normal adult dog, and just need general guidelines, Hearthstone may be right for you. Before purchasing a Starter Kit, you can see a complete list of ingredient options that can be used.
Our EZ Meal Planner gives you a great starting point. You still get to pick out wholesome ingredients at the grocery store and you still get "The Well Dog Nutrient Powder" to make sure your dogs' meals are balanced.
The Getting Started page gives you a great road map for what you need to equip your kitchen, preparation, transitioning to a new food, and more.