Tear Stains - Our Top Tips and Tricks

Tear Stains - Our Top Tips and Tricks

How do you get rid of tear stains? -  This is such a common question we are asked, so we have put together our best tips and tricks on how to finally get rid of tear stains and prevent them from coming back! We also rounded up our favorite, tried and true tear stain products including blueberry facials (Yes, I said facial ;) and more!  Hope you guys find this helpful :)

One of the key words here is PREVENT. The best tip we can give is to prevent tears from becoming tear stains because tear stains themselves are more difficult to remove once they have "stained/dyed" the hair. 

How to PREVENT tear stains...

1. DIET DIET DIET. Tear stains and over production of tears can be caused by diet. Making sure your dog's diet fits their own personal needs is MAJOR KEY. Beauty comes from the inside, no? I will list some great foods/brands in the next blog post to try if you are in search of a new food to help with the tear stains. It may take a few tries to find the the right food that best suites your pup, but definitely worth it- not only for tears stains but for the overall health of your child (I mean dog ;)

 2. KEEP IT CLEAN. - and D R Y ! This is crucial to the  prevention process. If you see a boogy, wipe it off ASAP. The longer the hair around the eye stays damp, the higher the chance of the tears/boogy staining the actual hair follicles. -just like dying your own hair.    I like to keep these products handy for wiping and preventing stains. 


Best products to TREAT  already existing tear stains...


1. TropiClean SPA Blueberry Lavish Tear Stain Remover Facial Cleanser - A yummy blueberry facial :)

How/when to use: We recommend using 1-2Xs every 2 weeks as needed. 

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Mild Coconut Cleanser, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla), Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry), Actinidia Chinesis (Kiwi), Vitamin E, Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger).



2. Earthbath Eye Wipes 

How/when to use: Anytime you need to clean or wipe off the eye area.

Ingredients: Purified water, aloe vera, sodium chloride, boric acid, witch hazel, natragem, citric acid, vitamin E, natural preservatives.



3. Natural Dog Company  Wrinkle Balm  -We love the travel stick because its small (the size of a human chapstick) and its size allows you to easily apply the balm directly from the stick itself - no fingers or wipes required = less mess.

How/when to use: Apply to creases and folds between skin throughout the day when the area you are applying it to is clean and dry. 






We hope these tips work for you! Please comment below if you have any tips of your own to share! We would greatly appreciate it! As always, make sure to check with your vet prior to trying these tips!







product photo cred: amazon.com


  • Aaron

    I have a white frenchie and I had tried EVERYTHING: Wipes, Desitin, Witch hazel, filtered water. Just recently the tears finally went away and it was DIET. We switched him to Grandma Lucy’s raw food, the pork recipe and now the stains and excessive tears have disappeared.

  • Andrea

    I started using 1/4 tsp of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar w/ the mother, mixed in with his dog food, twice a day (he weights 25lbs). He eats dehydrated food so I have to add plenty of water to rehydrate, which mellows out the vinegar. This works like magic.

  • Rebekah Castano

    Thanks for the blog post and reminder on Facebook today! Great read! Always looking for more info but for now this worked for us too for those hoping to find other tricks: vet recommended filtered water as sometimes tap water can be a major cause. We have a filter on our faucet, but he said Brita works just fine! We changed to Merricks puppy food, too. He loves it and it came highly recommended by our vet! Lastly, we saw on another breeders site (and got it approved by our vet) for Triple Paste diaper rash. Avoiding the eyes directly, we wipe the area clean & rub a little of this paste on there. It’s white and just like what it does for a babies bottom (aka preventing infection and nasty skin), it does the same for our pup. Saw a difference within 2 days!! Hope this helps someone as it helped me!

  • Nikki

    Angel Eyes didn’t work for us either. After getting advice from Henri’s groomers (Henri is a fawn colored frenchie) I was told to change his diet- NO grain NOR chicken. At the same time we moved to a different state, so I think combined with the new tap water he was receiving as well as his new diet, cleared up after a month!

  • Gina

    My 6mo Frenchie has tear stains snd very watery eyes and stomache issues…his vet recommended Taste Of The Wild Salmon for puppies but I see no change can you please recommend a brand of food ??

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