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Old 09-13-2008, 04:21 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Does anybody know how to get rid of tear stains? My little white and cream colored Maltipoo never had them until I adopted a rescue kitten about a month ago. Now the dog has tear stains, they are a dark reddish brown in color and I can't seem to clean them away. My vet said he had never heard of a dog being allergic to a cat before so I have no idea what's going on.

Any suggestions?

TIA!
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Florida
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usually it has to do w/ their food or treats color.
Never heard of a kitty causing it
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Western Mass
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try angel eyes, I do not know were you get it, try to look it up, My Borzoi client uses that on there dogs, most of them are all white, I hope it helps.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:41 AM
 
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usually it has to do w/ their food or treats color.
Never heard of a kitty causing it
Unless the dog's eating some of the kitty food, perhaps!
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:47 AM
 
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Angel Eyes is an ANTIBIOTIC. Albeit at an extremely low dose. The way it works is that it kills the bacteria that live in the skin/fur around the tear ducts that actually are the cause of the reddish pigment.

I wouldn't give any antibiotic, even low dose, to ANY animal that's not ill and doesn't need it. The risk of getting resistant organisms is too high. The antibiotic used is tylosin, an antibiotic only approved for veterinary use. I'd rather see the tear stains than encourage development of resistant bacteria. Too dangerous.
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:44 AM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I used to get something for my white Persian cats eyes. It is sold in the petsores....forget what it is called but it is a stain remover. It worked pretty good. I would not put it on everyday though.
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Old 09-13-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Unless the dog's eating some of the kitty food, perhaps!
your clever! I didn't think of that

...or kitty poo!
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:29 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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Thank you everyone for your replies! I spoke w/ my groomer, she told me about some sort of tablet you can buy at a local pet supermarket that is used to treat brown spots on your lawn! She said it has something to do with an acid imbalance but is sold for pet use with dosage info on the label. I'm not sure if I'm going to go that route just yet. It's just so strange that Gabby (2 yrs old) never had any tear stains before I adopted the kitten. Yes, they do share each others food which I'm not sure is harmful or not but deserves some thought for sure.

Thanks everyone! Keep your thoughts coming, much appreciated!
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I tried numerous things:

Filtered Water
Ultrapremium 5 Star Rated Food
Diamond Eyes
Eye drops
A concoction to whiten the hair

Nothing has worked for very long. I broke down and bought a supply of Angel Eyes so I will let you know how that works out. It was $70 so it wasn't exactly cheap. It was a discount from the Original parent site.

Amazon.com: Angels' Eyes for Dogs 240 Gram Bottle: Home & Garden

Angels' Eyes - Product Details

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Angels' Eyes contains a macrolide antibiotic which may cause falsely elevated values of AST and ALT when using colormetric assay.
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Ingredients: 100% pure beef liver, tylosin as tartrate
Guaranteed Analysis:
crude protein.
crude fat......
crude fiber.....
moisture........
ash..............

min. 67.6%
min. 10.6%
min. 0.1%
min. 6.0%
max. 4.8%
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Thank you everyone for your replies! I spoke w/ my groomer, she told me about some sort of tablet you can buy at a local pet supermarket that is used to treat brown spots on your lawn! She said it has something to do with an acid imbalance but is sold for pet use with dosage info on the label. I'm not sure if I'm going to go that route just yet. It's just so strange that Gabby (2 yrs old) never had any tear stains before I adopted the kitten. Yes, they do share each others food which I'm not sure is harmful or not but deserves some thought for sure.

Thanks everyone! Keep your thoughts coming, much appreciated!
It's definitely not good for dogs & cats to eat each others' food...their bodies work in completely different ways, they require different nutrients and are allergic to different things. Has your dog been puking at all? (That's what usually happens if they get into cat food...they find it extremely palateable, but it upsets their digestive systems). Sounds like the tear stains might very well be an allergic reaction to something in the cat's food to me...!

Try feeding them separately, and on a schedule, with a good-quality, low or no grain food,
(I recently switched to Pinnacle pet foods for my cat & dogs and am VERY pleased...no upset tummies with the switch & they LOVE the way it tastes! My kitty doesn't even notice the holistic supplement she doesn't like in treats or pill pockets, and licks her plate clean after each meal. Here's a link:
Pinnacle Holistic Allergen-Free Dog Food Formulas )

and if that was the problem, it will resolve itself once the toxins/allergens are out of the dog's system. I would hold off on any synthetic treatments, as many of them probably contain toxic substances, and if this is allergy-related it could make the situation worse or harm your dog.

Good luck, and keep us posted!
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