Don’t cry over tear stains – Ocryl is the UK’s number 1 tear stain remover.
Tear staining is simply a discolouration from excessive tears that have been left to sit on the fur. When they dry, they cause brown or reddish stains around your pet’s eyes. The discolouration is caused by the accumulation of a pigment called porphyrin which is found naturally in tears, saliva and urine.
Tear stains themselves are not harmful to your pet, however they can be indicative that there is potentially another underlying problem such as: ingrown eyelashes, poor diet, yeast infections, eye ulcers etc. It is therefore always wise to have a vet check to rule out any other health issues which could be to blame.
How to combat (and prevent) tear stains:
Are there other ways to help prevent tear stains?
Which dog breeds are more prone to tear stains?
What not to do:
Often people will share their ‘homemade remedies’ for tear staining on forums or social media. It is important to remember that this is not fact-checked and are just the opinion of the person posting. The following list are some of those we have spotted online. They cannot be used near or around the eyes, and could cause further damage and pain to your pet.