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460185 tn?1326077772

Tear Stains

I have two questions:

How can I get tear stains off my shih tzu and lhasa apso's faces, preferably using something "natural"?  Even after giving them a bath, the tear stains remain.  Does anyone have any suggestions - I'd sure appreciate it.

Also, our Akita's hair is somewhat dry, despite her taking Ubavet and a supplement to keep her coat in good condition.  Any suggestions on how to prevent her from having dry hair?

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Have you tried tums or apple cider vinegar?

You might want to ask your vet about it.

I give my dog 1/2 a tums tablet daily. It causes the tears to alkaline and it really makes a big difference.
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Sorry, I forgot to add that I don't know what to tell you about your Akita.
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460185 tn?1326077772
Thank you for your comments.  I'll try them.  I never heard of using tums for that but it sounds like a reasonable idea.

The vet said the eye stains are common in shih tzus and lhasa apsos and not a cause for concern.  One of them is almost finished his training as a therapy dog - visiting nursing homes and people who can't get out - would prefer his face looked clean for that  = )

The Akita - I think it's because she is supposed to blow her coat twice/yr but the weather has been so unpredictable that she's blown it about four times now.

I think our dogs might be just a little bit spoiled.


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212161 tn?1599427282
does the tums stop the tears? if so it good for tummy to. i have a shihs shes 12 pds so half be good for her . i see all kinds of things you can get to clean face . and i was told to use distilled water only it helps a lot i see a differece in mines tears not as much as before .
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460185 tn?1326077772
I heard that if dogs drink bottled water they have different tears.  Haven't tried the tums yet but I will.  Our shih tzu eats anything so I hope I don't have to chase him around to get him to eat it.  Same with the lhasa apso.  The big dogs are a lot easier.

Thank you for the suggestions.


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462827 tn?1333168952
My Dogs have always drank bottled water and they all have tear stains.... So, don't go with that one....Plus, they're all white dogs.  :(    I have heard about the Tums before, but have never tried it....Good luck...Karla
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203342 tn?1328737207
I tried the purified water too. It didn't make any difference. I haven't tried the Tums either. Maybe I'll give that a try.
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