Tear stain supplements
Excessive tearing can lead to staining of the fur around the eyes of light coloured dogs and cats. These stains are usually due to porphyrins which can be found in the tears and saliva of animals. This normal pigment is found in all dogs and cats but can easily lead to staining of light coloured fur. There are many reasons for animals to have excessive tearing. Chronic tearing may be secondary to infections, eye disease, shallow eye sockets, blocked tear ducts, or irritation from facial fur, eyelash and eyelid abnormalities. Diagnosing and eliminating the potential source for irritation is an important step in reducing excessive tearing. If there are no underlying problems diagnosed, a majority of tear staining is simply a cosmetic issue. Tear staining supplements are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of powders and chewable tablets.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Tear staining supplements may contain any of the following natural ingredients:
- Vitamins such as vitamin C
- Herbs such as cranberry extract, oregon grape root, and marshmallow root
- Omega Fatty Acids such as linolenic and linoleic acid
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Tear stain supplements are not a replacement for appropriate veterinary care if there is an underlying eye concern such as infection or disease
- Safety in pregnant and breeding animals has not been established
- Pets with a known hypersensitivity to these products
- Pets that have had an earlier allergic reaction to a similar product
Tear stain supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully. Certain products cannot be used in pets younger than 12 weeks of age.
It is recommended that this supplement be given for only as long as your veterinarian directs.
It is ideal to give this supplement at the same time daily.
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo and many products are not created equally. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Tear stain supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- There can be a concern with overdosing and toxicities when giving multiple supplements. Talk to your veterinarian about all of the supplements your are currently giving your pet.
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Do not give new food, supplements, or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- How regular grooming such as face cleaning and hair trimming can assist with managing tear staining
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Tear stain supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.