What are tearstains in pets and how can we fix them?
14th Nov 2023
If you have a white dog or cat, you have probably noticed that brown, red or black stains often develop under the eyes of your pet. This happens as a result of the tears not draining properly (especially in the short snouted and/or long haired breeds) or excessive tear production (from allergies or other reasons).
Long story short means the area under the eyes is almost permanently wet. If the stain is red, the cause is most probably porphyrins. These are iron containing waste molecules which are excreted in the tears. If the stain is brown or black, it is likely a bacterial or fungal infection.
So, how do we fight this?
This is our multipronged Tearstain Formula approach:
• Cranberry and bioflavonoids contain molecules that make it difficult for the bacteria to adhere to the skin and hair.
• Calcium carbonate increases the pH of the tears, which in turn decreases staining.
• Barberry acts as a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal to help reduce infection.
• Phytosterols and ascorbic acid modulate allergic reactions.
• Marshmallow lubricates the mucous membranes around the eyes and helps to decrease excess tear production.
If you would like to try this product for your pet, find out more here.
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