Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. Alll of a sudden all but one of my dogs have developed tear staining, this is madding, nothing I do seems to help they are all bichons any suggestions

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. There is an OTC product available in the U.S. Called Angel Eyes. It has very very low doses of the antibiotic metronidazole, which seems to be effective in reducing the staining associated with excessive tears on the white fur of dogs. Most specialists feel that it's a safe product to use so it may be worth a try in your dog's case.

Answered By
ANGEL ALVARADO

A. Have your dog examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist. The excess tearing may be due to irritation, developing infection or possible obstructed tear ducts. An eye specialist will have the knowledge, experience and equipment to quickly diagnose and treat the underlying cause.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.