Ever wonder what causes the reddish-brown stains beneath a dog's eyes, especially noticable in light coloured or white dogs? Called tear stains, this discolouration is a result of excessive tear production. There are a number of factors contributing to excessive tearing. Eyelids that turn inward can cause eye irritation that leads to tearing. Brachycephalic (or short-nosed) dog breeds, such as Maltese, Pekingese, Shih-tzus, and Pugs, are often prone to eye tearing due to shallow eye sockets and hair growth in the skin folds surrounding the eyes. Other breeds, including Poodles and Cocker Spaniels are simply predisposed to blocked tear ducts.

If these stains develop rapidly or your dog seems to be in discomfort, make sure to check with your vet to rule out any causal problems that can be addressed. For example, eye infection and glaucoma can be treated; hair near the eyes can be carefully trimmed very short. For eyelid and eyelash problems, you may wish to investigate surgical options depending on the discomfort it is causing your dog. For shallow eye sockets causing tearing, however, there is nothing that can be done; you’ll simply want to reduce skin irritation and coat discolouration. To do so, try Angel Eyes’ awesome Natural Line. Their Gentle Tear Wipes are designed for daily use and are fantastic for cleaning the eye area and eliminating staining, while their Natural Soft Chews blend natural antioxidants including cranberry powder, Oregon grape root, and marshmallow root to prevent inflammation in your dog’s eyes. Find them at angelseyesonline.com.