How do I keep my Shih Tzu dog's eyes clean?

Her left eye constantly 'leaks' brown coloured tears that stain her fur. She often has a clump of hard fur stuck in the corner of her eye that is irritating her eye and making it red. I assume that's why she has the brown tears. How do I get the brown stain to go away – shampooing doesn't do it. Does she need drops all the time? Thanks for the advice.

Hi There! I am owned and operated by a Shih Tzu and can tell you how to solve the problem. This is a common problem with alot of breeds. I use Eye Envy. It is all natural and will not hurt your dogs eyes at all. I take a washcloth with warm water and clean the goop and then wait for the hair to dry and wipe across the eye area with a pad soaked in the Eye Envy solution. I put the Eye Envy powder on the hair after the solution drys and it repels further moist to penetrate the hair. What usually happens is that the hair stays moist and bacteria starts to grow. I buy my product from a wonderful lady who sells on Ebay. She is having a 3 day sale right now and I ordered today from her. I will post the questions and answers from her site and post the link. You can't buy this in stores because it is all natural no bleach or peroxide and the shelf life is only 3-4 months so big stores can't store large quantities of it. It really works!! And believe me I have tried them all.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

Q: How many pads come in a jar?
A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
A: NO we now carry the new original formula and it does not need to be refrigerated

Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

  • BIG-B

    cut the hair away from around her eyes
    References :

  • mominohio

    keep the hair around the eyes clipped and several times a day take a wash cloth and put it in warm water and keeping it damp wipe below the eyes. The tear staining is common for long hair breeds you just have to keep up with it. I have to keep my shihtzus fur clipped or I would be wiping several times a day and matted fur happens fast for long haired dogs.
    References :

  • Sandy H

    Hi There! I am owned and operated by a Shih Tzu and can tell you how to solve the problem. This is a common problem with alot of breeds. I use Eye Envy. It is all natural and will not hurt your dogs eyes at all. I take a washcloth with warm water and clean the goop and then wait for the hair to dry and wipe across the eye area with a pad soaked in the Eye Envy solution. I put the Eye Envy powder on the hair after the solution drys and it repels further moist to penetrate the hair. What usually happens is that the hair stays moist and bacteria starts to grow. I buy my product from a wonderful lady who sells on Ebay. She is having a 3 day sale right now and I ordered today from her. I will post the questions and answers from her site and post the link. You can't buy this in stores because it is all natural no bleach or peroxide and the shelf life is only 3-4 months so big stores can't store large quantities of it. It really works!! And believe me I have tried them all.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
    A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

    Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
    Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
    Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
    Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
    Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
    Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
    Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
    Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
    A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

    Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

    Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
    A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

    PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

    Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
    A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

    Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
    A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

    Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
    A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

    Q: How many pads come in a jar?
    A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

    Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
    A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

    Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
    A: NO we now carry the new original formula and it does not need to be refrigerated

    Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
    A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

    Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
    A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.
    References :
    http://stores.ebay.com/S-B-PET-PRODUCTS

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