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Hello everyone,

I hope the fireworks didn't scare your pets too much.

I was wondering what's the best and safest tear stain remover? My little cavapoo is 3 months old and I've been using johnsons diamond eyes but it doesn't really seem to do anything- any advice would've greatly received.

He doesn't have any eye problems as he had the all clear from our vet.

Thank you x
 

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Poppy (Bichon Frise) has tear stains and I've tried just about everything without success. I am currently trying the NaturVet Tear Stain Powder Supplement as a last ditch attempt, expensive but decided to give it one last try. I've only been using it for a couple of weeks and no improvement yet, but it does say it takes a while. Plus the old staining needs to grow/cut out when groomed. The only thing I have heard that works is a supplement from USA which has Tylosan in, an antibiotic that is banned here, although it can be obtained. It's not something that I would consider giving my dog though.

After trying everything I have come to the conclusion that some dogs are going to get them and some not, for whatever reason. Poppy's tear ducts have been checked and were found to be fine, she's raw fed so no additives that might cause a problem, I've tried Diamond Eyes (didn't work, smelled vile and Poppy wouldn't let me near her once the bottle was open), home made pastes, apple cider vinegar, probiotic natural yogurt, stainless steel feeding bowl. I just think Poppy produces a lot of tears, maybe her physical make up means that even though the tear ducts aren't blocked they may not be very efficient. Her litter sister (my son's dog) also has tear stains but hers didn't start until later than Poppy's. Makes me think it's just something in their breeding perhaps. I've seen Bichons with tear stains and Bichons without tear stains. Of the people with Bichons without tear stains, when I've asked them they tell me they use the supplement with the antibiotic in.

Here are a few previous threads about them:

http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-chat/249057-tear-stains.html
http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-health-nutrition/255359-tums-antacid-tear-stains.html
http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-health-nutrition/248355-beet-pulp.html
http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-heal...ls-particularly-bichons-2.html#post1062308522

They may be others, you could check using the search facility.

I'm also using another suggestion of a solution of boric acid powder and cooled boiled filtered water to clean around her eyes (cotton pad wrung out in solution and very carefully applied avoiding the eyes themselves), then drying. I'm doing this every day. No staining is actually showing on the pad after wiping and there's no visible improvement after a couple of weeks.

If you find something that works please let me know.
 
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