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Video: Tear Marks In Dogs
Some dogs often have a problem with under-eye discoloration from tears that turn the coat pink and sometimes cover the coat with a sticky brown discharge. This is not at all an aesthetic phenomenon forcing the owners to take a variety of measures to eliminate it.
Traces of tears often bother owners of small dogs with light coat breeds such as Terriers, Maltese, Bichon, Shih Tzu and Poodles and is due to the special structure of the eyeball. Quite often cats, especially the Persian breed, suffer from this problem.
The brown, sticky discharge is essentially the same as the discharge from the eyes of a person in the morning after sleep. And the pink-brown coloration of the wool is caused by bacteria and yeast.
Professional groomers advise cleaning the hair under the dog's eyes daily. It will be helpful to consult with a veterinarian to rule out an infectious eye disease. Veterinarians claim that excessive coloration from eye discharge can be caused by a number of different factors, including excessive tear production due to irritation or discomfort, clogged tear ducts, curled eyelashes or eyelids, abnormal eyelids, etc. Veterinarians often observe such abnormalities in the structure of the eyes of dogs as an extra row of eyelashes, too thick eyelashes in the corners of the eye, etc., which require medical and sometimes surgical correction.
Sometimes, excessive tears are caused by allergies or air pollution. So, there is a known case when one of the dogs suffering from this problem, the owner was a heavy smoker. Later the dog changed owners and after 18 months the problem disappeared.
However, in most cases, tear marks are a cosmetic rather than a medical problem caused by improper grooming of the dog's coat. The matted long coat, especially when wet, creates the perfect environment for skin infections. Veterinarians say wet eczema and dermatitis are common in the dog's head area.
First of all, the dog's skin should be kept clean, especially around the eyes. Once a day, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any traces of dirt. In addition, the hair around the eyes and especially in the corners of the eyes should be trimmed short to prevent discharge. Veterinarians do not recommend using any chemicals or even mild soap to clean the skin, as poisonous substances can enter the eyes.
In some cases, eye drops prescribed by a veterinarian can help get rid of tear marks. Some groomers recommend dusting the under eye area with baby powder, others use boric acid, which they rub into the hair under the eyes with a toothbrush. Thus, the substance fills the hair follicles, preventing the penetration of tears into them.
If it is necessary to remove dried-on fluids from the coat, you can carefully comb the problem area with a very thick comb. Sometimes you even have to cut the dried wool, however, in this case, you often have to seek the help of a professional groomer or veterinarian.
Remember that if your dog is suffering from this problem, you need to pay attention to it daily.
To keep your dog's eyes healthy, they should be checked regularly by a veterinarian and the coat and skin around the eyes should be kept clean and that the dog should not stick its head out of the window while driving.
PS Currently, pet product manufacturers offer a large assortment to solve this problem, for example, Oatmeal & Aloe Foaming Facial (foam, USA), Excel Tear Stain Remover Pads (wipes, USA), Namadayake (set for cleaning lacrimal pathways in dogs and Cats, Japan), Eye Envy (powder and lotion, USA), Trixie (Germany), 8in1 Tear Clear (lotion), 8in1 Excel Tear Stain Remover Pads (wipes), Angels' Eyes Natural, Bio-Grood Eye Disguise for Lacrimal Tracks, Show Tech No More Tear (eye lotion), Show Tech Tear Stain Remover, Artero Pretty Eyes (eye lotion), Oftal Augenpflege (lotion, Beafar), lotion to remove tear spots in cats and dogs "Sensitiv" (Beafar), etc.
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