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Maltese Eye Stain - Easy Home Remedy For Canine Tear Stains

Author: Susan Helton

If you have been struggling to find out how to get rid of your pet's eye stain or tear stain discharge I can totally relate to what you are going through.

We have several Maltese dogs in our family and a few of them unfortunately had severe Maltese eye stain problems.

At first we did not know what to do. The stains ran down their faces from the inside corner of their eyes down each side of their nose and it was unsightly and gross looking compared to the rest of their luxurious white coat.

We checked with our veterinarian and found that the Maltese breed has a predisposition towards eye stain problems as do several many other dog and cat breeds like: Maltipoos, Bichon Frise, Lhasa Apso, Papillion, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu and cat breeds like: Persians, Himalayans, Exotic Shorthairs, Devon Rex, and Scottish Folds.

One of the main causes of Maltese eye stain that is most commonly discussed is excess tearing.

If your Maltese has irritated eyes it can cause them to tear a lot. As the tears drain from the eyes the hair around the eyes gets wet and stained. Excess wetness around the eyes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast.

Some of the causes of excess tearing are:

- a genetic predisposition to tearing as our vet explained

- allergies (these could be from the environment or from food allergies or even allergies to smoke or other irritants)

- ear infections

- teething or cutting teeth (common for Maltese puppies from 5 - 8 months old as their adult teeth are appearing)

If you can find the source of your Maltese tearing you can often keep the majority of the tear staining from even starting.

However due to the Maltese predisposition to tear staining genetically, in many cases it is very difficult to either find the source of the tear staining or to prevent it.

One way that all Maltese owners can help decrease the tear stain on their Maltese is to pay attention to the hair around the face and prevent hair from falling into the eyes. A simple top knot on your Maltese can go a long way in reducing the irritation to the eyes that causes more tear staining.

After checking with our vet we learned that our Maltese were okay health wise (thank goodness). The deep reddish-brown stains below their eyes came from the dogs normal tears that drained down the Maltese faces.

We learned that it was common for our Maltese to have tear staining because the tear ducts and bone structure are unlike other breeds and that in most the cases the cause of the color change of the hair and skin occurs when the normal bacteria on the hair and skin react with the clear tears. Even though the tear stains were not a health risk, we still wanted them to be gone so our Maltese could have a beautiful white face to go with their beautiful white coat.

We tried so many different home remedies to help the stains and leaky eyes to go away. We finally found a product that worked like a charm and all we had to was add a simple solution to our dog's food and after a short time the ugly stains were gone for good.

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10 Responses to Eye Discharge

  1. YeeeHaw says:

    eye discharge……………..?
    my pony has a large amount of discharge comming from her left eye and some comming from her right (not as much tho) and sometimes she has discharge coming from her nose like snort.
    Is this serious?
    Should i do something?
    Is it common?

    thanks for any advice
    its like water and sleep. its quite alot at times sometimes its just a little.
    Its been going on for a while and getting worse im getting concerned!

    • Ally C. says:

      Do these things in exact order :

      - put a fly mask on your horse
      ( to stop any scratching or further irritation)

      -Call the vet
      ( he needs to diagnose, take tests, flush the eyes, and give you cremes and solutions to give daily to your horse)

      your horse may have
      -upper respiratory infection ( cold)
      - debris in the eye or nasal area ( thats causing irritation)
      -some other disease or virus.

      the only way to help your horse is to call the vet and have them check her asap.
      Make an appointment today.

      good luck :)

  2. toasterlicious says:

    Should I be worried about eye discharge while sleeping in contacts?
    I wear Acuvue Oyasis contacts and whenever I sleep in them, I wake up with more eye discharge than normal under my eyes. It doesn’t have any affect on my eyesight once it is gone. Should I be worried?
    According to the Acuvue website, ACUVUE® OASYS™ with HYDRACLEAR® Plus is FDA-approved for continuous, overnight wear for up to one week. However these are causing some extra discharge. Should I switch brands?

    • Medana says:

      Does the fact that you wake up with more discharge than normal under your eyes when you sleep in them, not tell you there is something wrong ?
      If you wish to sleep in contact lenses, then you need to consult your optician and ask for Day and Night lenses hence avoiding the problem you are experiencing.
      Your eyes are very precious so take the appropriate action now before you cause any lasting damage.

  3. Amy B says:

    Eye Discharge?
    My cat has slight eye funk in one eye. (Eye funk=running slightly, mild greenish/yellowish discharge). I have left-over Clavomox (anti-biotics) from my other 2 cats for their upper resp’s. Is clavomox effective for treating eye funk? It seems she has some sort of slight infection. Can she handle it (8 wk old kitten at 1 62.5 mg tab per day)? Thanks.

    Also, I’m aware she needs to be seen by a Vet-she has an appt this week. So please save the “take her to the vet” comments. I only want info about giving her clavomox for eye discharge. Muchas gracias.

    • BVC_asst says:

      The doctor may recommend an antibiotic, but will probably be giving you an eye cream with an antibiotic in it. He also may check to see if the cornea is scratched.

      Since you have an appointment, the best thing to do is to wait until the appointment. Since she’s just a baby, only he would know the right dosage of antibiotic if in fact he prescribes one.

      Just keep the eye clean with warm water on a cottonball until the appointment.

  4. Christine M says:

    How can I remedy eye discharge from allergies?
    I’ve always had bad allergies, year round. But never had the symptoms of a fairly constant white discharge until about 3 years ago. I went to the eye dr and she told me it was allergies, and that there was nothing to be done but to take medication for it. well, i do, but it doesn’t always help. Either the white gunk builds up on my corners or it gets under my eye lids and bothers me until i get it out, because it tends to be quite a lot. Has anyone else dealt with this, and what have you used to help relieve the issue?

    • Alice says:

      I had this for 20 years. The doctor gave me various eye drops and creams that didn’t help. I found the best eye drops were Otrivine Antistin, which I could buy over the counter. I also got relief from it every time I went swimming and got the chlorinated water in my eyes; also if I got a splash of toothpaste or a squirt of juice from an orange in my eye, that relieved it too (after the initial stinging). I’d always had it in one eye at a time, but then I got it in both eyes at once, and nothing seemed to help. After a few days of this torture, it suddenly cleared up, and I’ve never had it since. That was 10 years ago.
      Good luck with yours.

  5. Scarlett says:

    i constantly have eye discharge how do i get rid of it?
    hey, im 16 and i get lots of eye discharge sometimes white, yellow or clear. so i have to pick it out with my fingers. then because of that, my eyes go all bloodshot and within a few minutes the eye goo is back. its a vicious and annoying cycle and i want it to stop as i constantly have bloodshot and puffy eyes with continuous discharge.
    i realllllly need help!
    id appreciate any opinions.


    • Anna says:

      i have blepharitis, and that’s what it sounds like you may have. it’s inflammation of the eyelids due to oil build up. Try washing your eyelids with johnson’s baby shampoo very gently for 2 mins a day and then do warm towel compresses(really gently) for 10 mins a day, preferablly after a shower. there is no cure, but you can manage it. i get discharge, but that’s good cuz it means the oil is coming out instead of staying in your eyelids and annoying your eyes. But get yours eyes checked out and if they prescribe medication, ask if it’s absolutely necessary b/c vision is precious

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