Note from Mama MO: Please note that these opinions and perspectives that we share are based on much research. Mama MO has many years working as a professional chemist, pharmaceutical researcher and has a a great deal of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry (specifically as it relates to oral and IV antibiotics). Mama MO, while currently MALTESE OBSESSION, has her professional past life as a scientist. We appreciate you visiting us and we send our LOVE and WET NOSE Kisses to all of our Maltese and dog friends.
Tear Stain Obsession Part 2: Day 1 and Day 12 of Cleaning
Tiny 3 lb Summer came to us with very long nails, mats all over and chunks of hair cut out in her legs and body due to mats. On day 12, we thickened her coat and blew dry her to try and work with the very little hair that was left on her legs. We spent some time working out the mats all over her body and as we wait for the bald spots to grow in, we will continue to try and even out the remaining hairs that she has.
For a dog like Summer with a very cottony dry coat, with very little hair …. we chose to use Pure Paws Amplify Shampoo with a splash of White Magic to help whiten her coat. We also used Pure Paws Amplify Conditioner with a dollop of Star Line Silk Conditioning Cream mixed in. Summer soaked in a bath and again in a conditioning bath to allow every strand of hair to be cleansed and conditioned properly.
Summer is a maltese mix and her legs are very thin and long. Allowing her leg hair to grow out longer would help allow us to give her overall appearance some balance. Summer’s face is NOT structured ideally for a Korean styling as she has a longer nose on a very small face, paired with a very long torso and super long skinny legs. Korean style is not always the best look for every dog, so we’ll be working towards more of a cute teddy bear anime look for her.
Active Ingredients that Fight Tear Stains
Witch Hazel & Boric Acid
The Artero Pretty Eyes’ active ingredient is Boric Acid, though the bulk of the bottle is water. They also include Thyme, Rosemary and Chamomile extracts to soothe skin.
The Pure Paws Love My Eyes active ingredients ARE Boric Acid and Witch Hazel.
Witch hazel is naturally flowering shrub whose leaves, bark and twig are high in tannins. Witch hazel helps reduce swelling and also fights BACTERIA as does boric acid.
Witch hazel is one hundred percent natural and smells clean. Properly distilled witch hazel is a fantastic natural ingredient to fight tear stains. Witch hazel is also helpful in balancing pH levels, thus it is often an ingredient for ear solutions to combat yeast infections.
Boric Acid is used to treat yeast infections in dogs and in humans. Boric acid also helps to balance pH levels due to its acidic nature, thus a wonderful ingredient to combat EAR, EYE and SKIN infections where YEAST is the culprit.
- Yeast and Fungus can NOT thrive in a neutralized or acidic environment so having BOTH Boric Acid and Witch Hazel around inhibits yeast growth.
- Bacteria is attacked and killed by BOTH Boric Acid and Witch Hazel extract
- Itchy and Inflamed skin is calmed and naturally healed by Witch Hazel extract
Boric Acid: Antimicrobial, Anti-Yeast, Anti-Fungal and pH balancing properties
Witch Hazel: Natural plant based, Natural healing properties, Antimicrobial, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Yeast, Anti-Itch, natural astringent odor eliminating properties and pH balancing
With PURE PAWS LOVE MY EYES, you get 4 steps with ACTIVE INGREDIENTS!
Step 1: Foaming Cleanser has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel + Deodorizer + Optical Brightener
Step 2: Debris Cleanser has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel
Step 3: Protective Cream has Boric Acid + Witch Hazel + Sunflower Seed Oil
Step 4: Absorption Powder has Boric Acid and Natural Minerals
When used correctly, the chances of success with this LOVE MY EYES KIT is far higher then using ANY other solution on the market that just adds random amounts of boric acid.
The added bonus is that Step 1 the Facial Foaming Cleanser also has their wonderful odor eliminator and color brighteners that are in their other shampoo lines.
Absolute things to AVOID
when it comes to clearing up Tear Stains
While there is NO ABSOLUTE one thing that will guarantee tear stains being cured, there ARE ABSOLUTE things to AVOID
- NEVER NEVER bleach ….so so dangerous
- NEVER NEVER … permanently damages the shafts and health of the hair, making the hair stain easier
- NEVER use home made boric acid solutions … can cause permanent eye damage
- NEVER give LIFE MEDs of powdered or treat form of antibiotics that claim to have tylan or tylosine in it
- PLEASE NO toothbrushes on them tender eye tissue, unless the toothbrush is made of something softer then rabbit fur or mink … the tissue around the eye is so so tender, especially for tearing babies
- Please NO paper towels on the eyes to dry them … the softest kleenex or the softest cotton gauze please
- NEVER use random quality of Witch Hazel made for humans. The distillation process and qualtiy of the Witch Hazel extract is very important. Low quality or random extractions of witch hazel can be DANGEROUS when used around the eyes
HONESTLY there is no one thing you can do NOR one product that can 100% claim to clear up tear stains. There are so many varying factors that can determine whether a dog or puppy stains or doesn’t stain including:
- genetic disposition
- dental health
- physical health
- ocular health
- water quality
- food quality
- environmental factors
- grooming and hygiene
There are a sea of products that would like to claim 100% efficacy for clearing up tear stains BUT no one product nor routine can claim this….. sadly… but this is the truth….
We can however do as much as we can as dog owners to help eliminate tear staining as much as we possibly can by proper hygiene and grooming, working with our groomers/stylists and working with our veterinarians.
Thanks to Summer and her mommy for working daily to help give Summer a cleaner, cuter look! Special treats for Summer💕
Good LUCK and Happy Grooming to all of our friends as we continue the battle against them tear stains.