How to whiten a dog's white fur

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How to whiten a dog's white fur
White coats gleam with regular bathing. (close up of pitbull image by RT from Fotolia.com)

There are several dog breeds with predominantly white coats. Varieties include the Maltese and Bichon Frise, Dogo Argentino, Samoyed and American Bulldog breed. To maintain a gleaming white coat, debris removal is followed by a non-toxic cornflour application. White dogs with thick fur on the face are susceptible to tear staining. Tear stains cause brown streaks in the coat. Staining may be prevented with diet and regular maintenance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cornflour
  • Cotton swabs
  • Whitening shampoo

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Instructions

    Tear Stains

  1. 1

    Remove tear stains if the dog is predisposed. Tear stains appear on dogs with thick fur on the face and near the eyes. Brown stains starting at the tear ducts and spreading across the face. Pour equal parts hydrogen peroxide and cornflour in a container. Rub to make a paste.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Tear stains may appear on white dogs. (bichon maltese puppy image by Lombok from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Apply the solution to the tear stained area, taking care not to directly apply it to the eyes. Use a cotton swab for precision. Leave the solution for several hours to allow penetration. Distract the dog with play or grooming to prevent her from rubbing her eyes.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Apply paste with a cotton swab. (ear cleaning stick and cotton image by Yasen Pramatarov from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    After several hours or the next morning, remove the paste. Rinse with warm water or peroxide. Dry coat with a soft cloth.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Rinse solution with warm water. (washstand image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Examine diet. If tear stains appear after initial cleaning, examine grooming and nutrition. Red yeast is a common cause of tear stains. Diet may be adjusted to boost immune response.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Review diet if tear stains persist. (dog bones image by Janet Wall from Fotolia.com)

    Brightening

  1. 1

    Bathe the dog in colour enhancing shampoo. Several varieties on the market are formulated especially for white dogs. Liquid bluing is a home remedy, however too much bluing creates a blue coat. Specially formulated shampoos contain the correct balance of chemicals to support coat and skin health.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Choose whitening shampoo for white dogs. (shampoos and shaving foam lined up image by Georgios Alexandris from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Dry dog thoroughly. After the dog is thoroughly dry, shake cornflour into your hand and pat through the dog's coat.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Dry the dog thoroughly before applying cornstarch. (soft towels image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Work cornflour through the coat until no loose powder is apparent.

    How to whiten a dog's white fur
    Rub dog until no loose cornstarch is apparent. (girl with a white puppy image by Andrejs Pidjass from Fotolia.com)

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