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Can Tear Stains Be Removed?

Tear stains are a common occurrence not only to dogs but to cats too.  If not removed immediately and properly, it can cause skin irritation, discomfort, and even a bad odor. That is why other dogs or cat owners remove it as soon as possible so it won’t harm their pets anymore.

Can tear stains be removed? Tear stains can be removed by simply wiping it with water or products designed to remove tear stains. Groomers or a vet can also remove it if you are unsure how to remove it.

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In this article, I will list down ways to help you remove the tear stain effectively.

Ways To Help You Remove Stains

1. Wipe it with a damp cloth – if you see teardrops on your dog’s face, wipe it away with a damp cloth and tap water. Some people would say that you should put soap on it, but if the drop is fresh, it isn’t necessary.

Just be very gentle when cleaning around your dog’s eyes because water or the cloth’s edges can get into their eyes. That might cause another irritation to them.

2. Tear stain remover – can be used to remove set-in tear stain, but before applying it, consult your vet first. However, there are natural or herbal products that are considered safer for the removal of your dog’s tear stain.

Careful is still needed because there are misleading labels, meaning a “natural” product may still contain synthetic chemicals. That’s why it’s better to seek your vet’s advice first, who knows, they might have a product in stock for you.

3. Ask a groomer or vet to remove it – if the stains look very bad and crusty, then that’s when you’ll need the expert’s hand to remove it.  Some vets have technical staff that handles tear stains or go to a groomer for the removal.

You can also ask the groomer or the vet to trim around your dog’s eyes, especially if it usually accumulates in that area.

4. Antibiotics – tear stains can sometimes be caused due to excessive production of molecules called the porphyrins. To correct this condition, antibiotics are the solution.

But to be able to take your dog an antibiotic, consulting your vet is still essential. And for them to prescribe an antibiotic, they still need to examine your dog.

Though some vet does not strongly recommend it, still there are dog owners who prefer to use it. Some of the products they use are doxycycline,  metronidazole, and enrofloxacin.

If your vet happens to recommend one of these products, note that you need to follow their prescriptions strictly. 

Common Types Of Eye Discharge In Dogs

Experts say that the tear stains are one of the common types of eye discharge in dogs. To know more about what are the others, check below:

A Crust or  A little Goop

It is developed when tears normally drain through the ducts located at the dog’s eye corner. It is made of dried tears, oil, mucus, dust, and dead cells and is usually clear or slightly reddish-brown.

Watery Eyes

Is when your dog received a face full of dust. It can also be associated with many different conditions from severe to serious. Some common causes are allergies, irritants, anatomical abnormalities, corneal wounds, and glaucoma.

White-Gray Mucus

Or a dry eye usually develops when the dog’s immune system attacks and destroys the glands that produce tears. That if left untreated, it can result in severe discomfort or worse is blindness.


To conclude, tear stains can be removed if you immediately notice that giving your dog antibiotics will help remove it but with the vet’s prescription first. And you also learned that tear stains are a common eye discharge in a Dog like the watery eyes, a crust,  and white-gray mucus.