Home Remedy to Remove Tear Stains on Dogs

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Home Remedy to Remove Tear Stains on Dogs
Tear stains can affect any breed of dog, though lighter coloured dogs are commonly affected. (west hilend wite terrier 5 image by Olga Barbakadze from Fotolia.com)

Tear stains are the stains that occur just below the inner corners of the dog's eye. They can occur for a variety of reasons, such as infection or allergies. Tear stains can be frustrating for a dog owner but fortunately, there are some home remedies available. However, owners should always check with their dog's veterinarian prior to using any home remedy, to ensure that it is safe for use with their dog.

Tea Remedy

According to Small Dog Paradise, owners can try using one teaspoon of cold, weak tea mixed with one cup of warm water to clean tear stains. Holding the dog's eye open, use a pad of lint to gently squeeze the mixture into the eye and allow it to drain. Lastly, finish up with a drop of cod-liver oil to lubricate the eye.

Homemade Paste Remedy

According to the StainExpert website, equal parts milk of magnesia, peroxide and cornstarch can be used to make a paste that can be applied to the tear stain. Allow the mixture to dry and then, while avoiding getting the mixture into the eyes, rinse thoroughly.


Once the stains have been removed, the owner should clean the area beneath the dog's eyes daily to prevent additional stains from reoccurring.

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