Some dogs have problems with tear stains showing up near their eyes. These rusty stains happen because the tears produced by your dog include compounds called porphyrins. These compounds leave unsightly marks. If you don't want to see those marks on your dog, there are things that you can do that will help prevent them from showing up.
Visit the Vet
One thing that you can do to help prevent tear stains is to take your dog to the vet. Some tears are necessary, they help keep your dog's eyes lubricated, and porphyrins are perfectly normal in those tears since that's how dogs get excess porphyrins out of their system. Still, there could be reasons that your dog is producing too many tears and ending up with staining. Your vet can check to make sure that your dog's tear ducts aren't blocked or that there isn't anything irritating their eye, like an ingrown eyelash. Your vet can also suggest solutions like changing your dog's food, water dish, or grooming tips.
Visit the Groomer
You can also prevent tears from showing up on your dog's face to make sure that the fur on their face stays relatively short, especially around their eyes. If there isn't a lot of fur around their eyes, then the fur can't irritate their eyes, nor is there going to be a lot of furs to hold onto the tears. It will also make it easier for you to keep their face clean and dry, which will make it harder for the stains to start.
The easiest thing that you can do to help prevent tear stains is to make sure that you keep your dog's face clean and dry. The longer the tears sit on their face, the more time the porphyrins have to start staining their fur. There are anti-tear wipes that you can use to wipe around your dog's eyes a couple of times a day. You can also use them when you notice that your dog is producing a lot of tears. If you don't have any of the wipes handy, a damp washcloth will work just as well.
If you have a dog, you want to make sure that they look good all the time. That means that you want to make sure that you handle any tear stains that might show up. There are several ways that you can prevent them from starting.
For more information, contact a local pet tear stain remover supplier.