Chihuahua owners all across the world have one problem: tear stains. Let’s admit: no matter how well you take care of your pup and how often you clean its coat, tear stains still appear. No matter where you go, you see those annoying brown streaks around the eyes. Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that tear stains aren’t really much of a health issue and you can easily treat and prevent them. The bad news is that it’ll take some effort on your behalf. If you love you Chihuahua and feel ready to do something about those stains, here’s everything you need to know to get rid of tear stains.
One of the first things you should consider is your Chihuahua’s diet. You know how they say you are what you eat? Well, the same applies to your Chihuahua. If you’re feeding it products that are full of grains, soy, chemicals, additives, and other harmful ingredients, you can expect a few problems. Tear stains are one of them. Try to opt for high-quality foods that are full of nutrients and free from unhealthy additives.
Another thing you can do is switch out your Chihuahua’s protein source. If it’s used to beef-based proteins, try swapping it with chicken and see what happens. The change in diet habits can help decrease your chances of tear stains developing. The important thing is to be patient. Give it some time. It might take a couple of weeks for you to notice significant changes in those tear stains.
The magic remedy when it comes to tear stains. Almost every dog owner has heard about the wonders of cornstarch at some point. Not only does cornstarch help absorb excessive tears but it also helps remove already-formed ones, as well. Here’s how you can use cornstarch to get rid of your Chihuahua’s tear stains.
First, heat up a small amount of water. About a cup should do. Next, throw in 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and mix. You can also add some vinegar or bleach to the mixture but most people avoid bleach because it can be a bit harsh if it gets in your pup’s eyes. You’re better off with the vinegar, but still be careful.
Once you’ve allowed the mixture to settle and reach room temperature, apply a small amount to the tear-stained areas around the eyes. Give it at least an hour to work its magic. After that, wipe away the tear stains with a damp towel. It’s like they were never there. For best results, you’ll want to repeat the process 3 times per week for 2 weeks.
You can also spray a small amount of cornstarch to the area around the eyes, muzzle, and even the toes. Basically, any area liable to moisture accumulation. This helps keep tear stains at bay because the moisture is what causes them to start in the first place.
There’s another remedy you can make with cornstarch. You’ll need 3% hydrogen peroxide and milk of magnesia, as well. Add all of them together in equal parts and mix them until you have a paste-like formula. Give that about an hour before you rinse it off and there you go: no more tear stains.
Another popular remedy for Chihuahua tear stains is white vinegar. It’s one of the easiest remedies you can try. All you need is a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar or even apple cider vinegar. Both work great. Use the cotton ball to wipe away the tear stains from you Chihuahua’s coat. Just make sure to stay away from the eyes because vinegar can be very irritating if it gets in your pup’s eyes.
Another great application for vinegar is adding it to your Chihuahua’s drinking water. Just one teaspoon should be enough to help with your dog’s tear stain problem. How does it work? Simple. Vinegar helps change your pup’s internal pH levels making it more alkaline and unsuitable for microorganisms. That means your dog is less liable to infections which are among the top causes of tear stains in Chihuahuas.
Keep in mind, however, that Chihuahuas are very picky. There’s a good chance your dog might sense the vinegar and stop drinking the water altogether. Monitor your Chihuahua’s drinking habits to make sure it doesn’t suffer from dehydration. If you feel it isn’t drinking enough, you might want to start with a small amount of vinegar first and then work your way up.
Chamomile is another great, completely-natural remedy for Chihuahua tear stains. There are two reasons why people love chamomile. First of all, it has anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for soothing any irritation associated with tear stains. The second reason is that chamomile has antibacterial properties. This means it can help fight both inflammation and infections.
Simply prepare a cup of chamomile tea and let it settle down to room temperature. After that, use the solution to clean all the tear stains from your Chihuahua’s fur. Remember to rinse off any residual chamomile with clean water.
Much like chamomile, colloidal silver also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it ideal for fighting infections. It helps keep away all the microorganisms that cause moist dermatitis and yeast infections around the eyes.
Just add a small amount of colloidal silver to a cotton ball and wipe away your Chihuahua’s tear stains 1-2 times a day. And the best thing about this remedy is that it’s completely safe and recommended by tons of people!
Here’s a bonus tip: apply a bit of coconut oil to the area around the eyes. This creates a hydrophobic barrier that keeps tears from being absorbed into the fur. No moisture means no tear stains. Coconut oil also has soothing properties that can help calm inflammation and irritation. It’s perfect for your Chihuahua.
Chihuahuas are bound to develop tear stains at some point or another. Luckily, all you need is a few good home remedies to deal with them. Once you’ve eliminated the tear stains, it’s up to you to make sure they never come back. Take good care of your pup and you’ll never have to worry about those pesky stains again.