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Stains Tears

Herbal remedies for cats and dogs to remove tear stains and clean drainage from under their eyes.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, eye, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body, supporting free radical scavenging, which may help support and maintain the skin's ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function, to protect and support skin and connective tissues in the joints and to reduce inflammation in the joints, to acidify urine and may build resistance to allergies, as well as improve immune function.

Many dogs and cats with light colored skin coats frequently experience tear stains. You may notice prominent brown or pink stains on the skin under the inside corner of the eye area. This is caused by an overflow of tears which runs onto the cheeks resulting in a dark, unsightly stain.

Humans have a natural drainage system to drain excess tears through the nasal passage while in animals, tears drain out through small ducts in the eyelids. In some animals, these ducts are blocked and as a result the tears flow over the eyelids and settle on the face. Often when the skin and hair react with the tears, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that may cause an eye infection.

There are a number of reasons why your pet may develop tear stains and these include blocked tear ducts, abnormal drainage system, inflammation of the eye, bacterial infections such as red yeast, irritants and allergies.

Certain dog and cat breeds are more prone to tear stains, particularly those with prominent eyes. In cats, Persians and Himalayans often experience this problem while in dogs, Shih-Tzu, Poodles, Lhasa Apso, Bichon Frise, and Shar-peis are predisposed to tear stains.

Herbal Remedies:

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

I Feel Good! –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Good nutrition is vital. Feed your pet’s high quality pet food or organic foods high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Have your vet check your pet’s eyes when you visit for regular check ups

Keep daredevil dogs from riding with their heads sticking out of the car window—you never know what will fly into their eyes.

Remember to check your pet’s eyes when they’ve been out in long grass, grass awns have a nasty habit of wriggling their way into the corners of your pet’s eye and cause much discomfort.

Keep a careful eye on your dogs when introducing a new kitten into the house. Many a dog has had to be treated for corneal scratches after a terrified kitten tried to protect itself from a big, wet curious doggy nose!

I’m Allergic to Needles! – (learn more) is used for proper pancreatic support, health and function, charged with producing proper insulin levels, for all types of diabetes I and II, to reduce glucose levels in blood and for insulin resistance, to improve the glycemic index in pets with diabetes, to regulate metabolic stress, and maintain proper liver metabolism, circulation, bile production and flow, for hepatic immune function, useful in regulating excess weight and fatty deposits.

Probiotic Lean Machine - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Yelp for Kelp! - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Conventional Remedies:

One a veterinary examination has determined the type and cause of your pet’s eye problems, natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used as an alternative to or in conjunction with conventional treatments, depending on the condition.


Very often when tears build up on the facial, irritation and infection occurs and also causes matting of the hair. Your vet will prescribe an antibiotic ointment to protect the eye as well as tear stain removal products.

It is very important to keep the area around the eye clean and prevent an infection from developing, especially when crusts begin to accumulate. Trim the hair beneath the eye carefully and remember to be gentle! In more serious cases, surgery may also be performed.





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