Blocked tear ducts are a common problem in Yorkies and other small breeds; they lead to unsightly tear stains below the eyes. Commercial tear stain products are effective but also loaded with chemicals. Homemade treatments offer a safe alternative to managing tear stains and helping your Yorkie look his best.
Regular tap water contains high mineral content and iron levels that can lead to tearing and discoloration. Swap the tap water for bottled or filtered water. Keeping your Yorkie well-hydrated with purified water is a relatively simple way to reduce tear stains.
Plastic food and water bowls are havens for bacteria that can cause facial irritation and excessive tearing. Bacteria build up in the small cracks that naturally develop in plastic containers. Stainless steel, porcelain or glass food and water bowls can minimize your dog’s exposure to bacteria and help prevent excessive tearing.
Facial hairs can cause eye irritation that stimulates excessive tearing in your Yorkie. Minimize irritation to your dog’s eyes by keeping the hair on his face neatly trimmed at all times and removing excess tears from his face at least once or twice a day using a damp cloth. You can even make a grooming spray. Dilute a 50/50 mixture of dog shampoo and water into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto a damp washcloth, then gently wipe the hair on your Yorkie’s face and around his eyes. Repeat daily until your pooch’s face is completely stain-free.
Master tear stain removal with either of these homemade pastes:
Mix equal parts of milk of magnesia and medicinal 1 percent peroxide. Thicken the mixture into a pasty material by adding cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches a sticky, thick consistency. Apply the pasty removal remedy to your dog’s stained fur and leave it in for a couple of hours. When you are ready to remove the paste, soften it with a conditioner before carefully combing it out.
Mix equal parts of boric powder, baby powder and milk of magnesia. Spread the pasty material onto your dog’s stained fur and allow it to air dry. Use a comb to carefully remove the paste after it has dried.
Kristina Barroso is a full-time teacher who has been freelance writing since 1991. She published her first book, a break-up survival guide, in 2007 and specializes in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, relationships and issues in education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University.