28th October 2012, 02:25 AM
Emma has been hAving terrible dark and smelly tear stains. The vet put her on a short term antibiotic to get rid of the bacteria growing there, but I'm wondering if there's a specific ingredient in food that causes this? I switched her over to royal canin which has done really well for her otherwise. Any suggestions for topical solutions or diet changes??? Thanks!
28th October 2012, 02:45 PM
Forgive my ignorance, but how old is Emma?
28th October 2012, 03:49 PM
Emma will be 2 in February, shes always had tear stains, but i dont think they were ever this bad
28th October 2012, 04:47 PM
I know that while many puppies teeth, tear stains tend to appear, but disappear once teething ends. Maybe, Emma's problem is related to her teeth or gums. I don't know of any studies which support this, however.
Originally Posted by emmaK11
28th October 2012, 11:19 PM
If it continues, it might be worth taking Emma to see an ophthalomologist for a thorough eye examination. My Aled has always produced a lot of tears and his eyes have looked a bit sore; it turns out, after a thorough examination, that he has keratosis - not the common dry eye sort, but low-grade tears that don't contain enough protein and fat to keep the eyes in good condition. Eye ointment twice a day has dealt with the problem, but only an ophthalmologist could have picked it up.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
29th October 2012, 05:34 PM
Ok thanks, im going to try the stuff the vet gave me and i also bought eye envy. im hoping it clears up after a short course of antibiotics, obviously i wouldnt keep her on anything longterm (such as angel eyes). I also heard from someone that wiping with a warm cloth is only going to encourage bacterial growth, so I've been wiping her eyes gently with dry cloths and keeping them as dry to discourage any bacteria. if it doesnt clear up il have to get an appointment with the eye specialist