Boston Terriers combine a beautiful array of black and white colors that are just too adorable. Nothing can ruin that perfect coat. Well, almost nothing. Tear stains are the one thing that can mess up the squeaky clean white coat of a Boston Terrier. If you’ve had your pup for some time now, you’ve probably seen dark reddish-brown streaks around its eyes. Yup, those are tear stains. Here’s how to get rid of them.
Treating Boston Terrier Tear Stains
While tear stains aren’t harmful in any way, they are a bit unsightly. They aren’t the greatest when it comes to appearance. There are tons of home remedies and tricks you can follow to help get rid of your Boston Terrier’s tear stains. Here are a few easy ones.
First up is colloidal silver. It’s one of the best natural products you can use to get rid of tear stains. Colloidal silver is made up of small, microscopic flakes of pure silver suspended in de-mineralized water. It sounds complicated and fancy, but the secret behind colloidal silver is actually quite simple.
Colloidal silver has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. That means it can help stop the development of infections around your Terrier’s eyes. What good is that? Well, when infections begin to develop around the eyes, it can lead to irritation and excessive tearing. Subsequently, the excessive tearing results in tear stains. That’s why colloidal silver is great for preventing tear stains.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy you’ve probably heard of. There are two ways you can use it to get rid of tear stains. One: add a small amount of apple cider vinegar directly to your pup’s water bowl. The secret is that vinegar modifies the body’s pH levels. It creates a medium that isn’t suitable for yeast and fungi to grow in. This small change in acidity can help prevent infections from developing around the eye area.
The second way you can use apple cider vinegar is by applying it to a cotton pad. Gently wipe away your Terrier’s tear stains while making sure to keep away from the eyes.
One of the quick changes you can make to your dog’s diet is the type of water it drinks. Filtered or purified water is always better. That’s because tap water contains large amounts of minerals and unwanted chemical compounds. These compounds often accumulate in body fluids such as tears. Next comes the excessive tearing which results in tear stains. Filtered or purified water contains much fewer minerals and can help prevent pesky streaks on your Boston Terrier.
Sometimes the cause of your Terrier’s tear stains is just malnutrition. It might be missing out on some vital minerals or nutrients that can help prevent tear stain formation. You could buy some oral supplements for your dog to make up for the lack of nutrients in its diet. That being said, you should know that oral supplements are quite expensive. You might want to try other topical homemade remedies before you go out and spend a fortune on supplements.
One of the best things you can do is make a habit of cleaning your Terrier’s face regularly. As soon as those tears develop, wipe them away before they have a chance to cause tear stains. All you need is a small, damp cloth and you can dab away all the reddish-brown streaks. While this is more of a preventative measure, cleaning your Terrier’s face twice a day can go a long way in dealing with tear stains.
Avoid Plastic Bowls
When it comes to food and water, the type of bowl you use can make a difference. Plastic bowls aren’t a good idea. They often contain tiny, minute cracks where water and food can accumulate unseen. This results in a build up of bacteria and other microorganisms. There’s also a chance it can cause facial irritation. That’s why porcelain and stainless-steel bowls are preferred. You can also opt for non-plastic food dispensers. And if all else fails, there’s always good old fashioned hand-feeding, right?
Lots of dog owners keep wipes with them at all times because you never you when you might need one. They’re useful for getting rid of mild tear stains and discoloration. The best wipes to pick are alcohol-free, paraben-free, and those with zero harsh chemicals.
Acidic Stain Removers
Don’t get spooked by the word acid. It doesn’t mean these homemade remedies are harmful to your pup. For starters, you can use regular old vitamin C (ascorbic acid). It’s quite mild and your Terrier won’t feel a thing. Another thing you can try is a contact lens solution with mild boric acid.
The secret behind these acids is that they have the ability to oxidize chemical compounds called porphyrins. These iron-containing compounds are what causes the staining in the first place. By oxidizing porphyrins, boric acid and vitamin C have the ability to lighten tear stains, eventually getting rid of them altogether.
Every living creature requires a healthy, balanced diet, even your Boston Terrier. While this is true if you want your pup to be disease-free, it’s also true if you’re trying to avoid tear stains. You should always pick the highest-quality foods that contain the right amount of nutrients and the right types. Some foods contain porphyrins which make tear stains even worse.
By choosing a well-balanced diet, you can help prevent those pesky dark streaks from running down your Terrier’s face. Besides, a good diet also keeps flatulence at bay and we all know how much of a problem that is for Boston Terriers.
When it comes to tear stains, there are tons of treatment methods. Natural, homemade remedies are always better than harsh, synthetic, chemical-based ones. A few changes to your Boston Terrier’s lifestyle and surroundings can also go a long way. If you’ve tried everything and the tear stains won’t seem to go away, you might want to consider talking to your vet. There might be an underlying condition you’re not aware of. However, that’s rarely the case so don’t get worried about your furry little friend. With these tips and tricks, it’ll be stain-free in no time!