Why Does My Dog... Have Stains Under His Eyes?

You’ll need to work with your veterinarian to resolve any and all of these issues in order to stop the staining. At the least, you will need to keep the area under your dog's eyes clean and keep the fur on his face trimmed short to minimize any habitat for bacteria. If surgery is necessary to correct or repair eyelids, eyelashes or tear ducts, your veterinarian may refer you to a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.

What about pet store products that promise a miracle cure? These typically have antibiotics as their active ingredient, and I simply can’t recommend them because of the problems with the development of antibiotic resistance. The casual use of antibiotics is one all health authorities, in both human and veterinary medicine, take very seriously. Don't try to treat this on your own; talk with your vet and establish a plan of action that will really work for your dog.

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