How to whiten a dog's white fur

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cornflour
  • Cotton swabs
  • Whitening shampoo
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