Yes! All dogs have tear stains but they are most noticeable on white dogs. For years, dog owners have used products like Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and others that really work but, recently, have been taken off the market (supposedly).
Moisture on the skin, along with too much (too many) yeast, (good) bacteria and other microbes cause this reddish-brown stain.
These stain-removal products containing a small amount of antibiotic (which work on the bacteria) should have been removed from the shelves as of the end of August. It is the antibiotic that has not been approved by the FDA for use in dogs: neither have the stain-removal products been reviewed for safety and effectiveness.
Plain old soap and water is a good second-choice if the area is well-dried afterwards. Probiotics may be the treatment of choice in the near future.
But, for now and as always, ask your veterinarian, especially if your dog’s face has an odor which may indicate ear or mouth infections.
Read More About It: Steve Dale’s Pet World column on Chicago Now here.
The Tear Stain Center has issued this product warning for Angels Eyes: Consumer Warning, Potentially Dangerous Product.