How to Remove Eye Stains From White Dogs

Tear stains may eventually turn your white pooch's eye area reddish.

Tear stains may eventually turn your white pooch's eye area reddish.

Many dog owners have had to deal with the unsightly reddish-brown stains caused by overflowing tears from their pooches' eyes. When you have a white dog, the stains are more visible. This is usually easy to correct, although there may be underlying health issues causing the excess of tears.

Consult your veterinarian to find out if there are underlying health reasons for the excess tears. The more common reasons and health issues that cause this problem are impure water, fleas and ear infections. Short-nosed dogs such as bulldogs and pugs are also prone to disrupted tear ducts. Your vet may suggest draining the tear ducts or prescribe antibiotics or other medications for underlying health issues.

Mix a solution of salt and water at a ratio of 1 teaspoon of salt per pint of boiled water. Mild salt solutions are safe for the eyes and excellent cleaners.

Allow the salt solution to cool down to a comfortable temperature; it shouldn't be too hot, as this could cause burns.

Dip a cotton ball into the solution and wipe the area around the eyes once or twice per day.

Items you will need

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cotton balls


  • Whitening products, such as wipes, are sold at pet supply stores and online retailers for this very purpose. You can use these in addition to or instead of the salt solution as instructed on the package.

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