Natural treatments for stains under Morkie eyes

Natural treatments for stains under Morkie eyes



This Maltese hasn’t developed the common reddish-brown stains under his eyes.


If you have a light-haired dog, and his eyes water excessively, you may be frustrated with dark or reddish stained fur as a result.



Here are some natural treatments that may work well for your dog.  (If these natural treatments don’t work for you, then you might want to look at some alternative natural commercial cleaners that are antibiotic-free.)


I-Stain from Thomas Labs


This company produces an antibiotic-free solution to what they call a much larger problem than excessive tearing.  In their view, reddish stained fur can be caused by a number of conditions including diet, the dog’s overall health, breed disposition and shallow tear ducts.


Their product is a vitamin-probiotic-enzyme formula for dogs that addresses these underlying conditions.  It’s worth looking into, here:  Thomas Labs


NaturVet Tear Stain Supplement


My friend and I both use NaturVet Tear Stain Supplement and we find it works well;  it is made in the USA and available as a powder, chew or tablet. (Available online here at


i-Clenz Herbal Remedy


Burt’s bees tear stain-remover for dogs is great for Morkies


This product is featured as a a blend of natural, cleansing ingredients in an herbal tincture.  Like I-Stain, the focus is on addressing underlying health. The limited number of online reviews have not been very positive so you will want to look into this one carefully.  Read more here at i-Clenz from


Burt’s Bees Tear Stain Remover


Try this product from for under $9.00. Customer reviews on Amazon were split between ‘works great’ and ‘didn’t see a difference.’


There are a number of tear stain remover pad products offered.  This one for example, Excel 8-in-1 Tear Stain Remover Pads, got good overall response from more than 60 customers; it should be noted however that you must rinse your dog’s face after using these pads which made them less-than-ideal for some customers.


One more way to remove stains, from a Bulldog fancier’s site:


Phillips milk of magnesia is safe for your Morkie


Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide


“Use equal volume of Milk of Magnesia (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours.


“Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although you might want to skip a day or two between applications. Apply a thin coat of desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry.


“Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.”  Source: Bulldogs World


Read more about dark stains under dogs eyes:



More about those stains under your Morkie’s eyes

More about those stains under your Morkie’s eyes


Dogs with light faces often have reddish-brown stains under their eyes.

In part I of this series, we looked at reasons why some dogs’ eyes run excessively, resulting in reddish-brown stained fur under the eyes and sometimes around the mouth.

The causes for this can range from simple allergies from airborne particles, to a more serious problem like blocked tear ducts.

It’s always a good idea to check with your Vet to ensure your dog’s runny eyes aren’t a symptom of something much more serious that’s causing pain and discomfort to your dog.

Once the causes have been explored and more serious ones ruled out, NOW we can begin to correct the reddish-brown discolouration.

Home Remedies for Staining

Here are some home remedies to treat the stained fur yourself, from

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide – apply a 50/50 water and Hydrogen Peroxide mix n the damp or stained fur very carefully with a makeup pad or cotton ball cotton swab. Wipe down again with clear water.  Be sure you don’t get this mixture in your dog’s eyes!
  2. Cornstarch – pat some on the wet area.  It will help lighten the fur and keep it dry.
  3. Make a paste from face powder and face cream – wet the stained fur and apply a bit of this mixture.  It will help lift the stain right out.
  4. Vaseline or petroleum jelly – apply a small amount on the wet area; it will help keep the fur dry because the stain-causing tears will roll off.
  5. Antibiotic ointment – applied under the eyes on the affected area – again be sure to keep out of the dog’s eyes – will also create a waterproof barrier, and will help clear up the bacteria growth
  6. Another home remedy is to make a paste out of equal parts lemon juice and baking soda. Work this into the stained fur and leave it on for 10 minutes.  Wash out and rinse very thoroughly, following by a dog conditioner.

Once the area under the eyes dries, the stained fur can be carefully cut out and the new growth kept dry and clean with any of these options above.

Are commercial eye cleaners like Angel Eyes safe for your dog?  

Products like Angel Eyes are diet supplements – essentially permanent antibiotics for your dog.

Angel Eyes is a popular commercial product for treating under-eye stains in light-haired dogs. It’s a diet supplement which contains the antibiotic tylosin. It comes as a flavoured, chewable tablet. The use of Angel Eyes is somewhat controversial; just some reported side effects include:

  • diarrhea
  • swallowing problems
  • dizziness
  • hives
  • inflamed tongue
  • light sensitivity
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • swelling of the eyes
  • problems with vision

A Daily Antibiotic – good idea or not?

There are two issues here: should you be giving your dog an antibiotic every day indefinitely, for what is basically a cosmetic problem?

Daily use of antibiotics can cause drug-resistant bacteria, a dangerous situation.  (There are other, safer ways to treat the stains under your dogs eyes, which we’ll discuss below).

Second, this particular antibiotic has some powerful side effects, and can cause liver problems, teeth staining, diarrhea, and even eyesight problems. This same antibiotic — tyrosine — is available as a commercial product called Tylan.

Some dog owners use this instead of  Angel Eyes because it is much cheaper.  Like Angel Eyes, Tylan is given with food. Sold as an over-the-counter medication for livestock, Tylan is typically used by farmers to treat “control of swine dysentery, animal colitis and severe diarrhea.”  (Source: FDA*)

The FDA issued a paper about Tylan, which includes these statements…

“Warning: TYLAN may be irritating to unprotected skin and eyes.”

“When mixing and handling TYLAN use protective clothing and impervious gloves.”

source: FDA/ Animal Veterinary Products 

Now, does this sound like something you want to give to your dog every day?

Tomorrow – Part III:  Natural treatments for stains under dog’s eyes

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