Most pet owners do not anticipate a problem such as tear stains. For someone looking
in, tear stains may not even seem like that big of a deal. But for the owner of
a dog or cat with tear stains, this problem can many times seem devastating.
Your beautiful dog is now blemished with these noticeable reddish brown stains,
it’s a constant chore to wipe them away, and even worse, you cannot help but
feel that this could be some type of medical problem.
staining in poodles’ and other light colored breeds most commonly starts around
one year of age but can occur at anytime.
root cause of poodle tear stains is a condition called epiphora (the overflow of tears
onto the face.) The reason for the reddish brown stains that result from
epiphora comes from a bacteria called Ptyrosporin, or red yeast. Unfortunately,
one of the perfect places for Ptyrosporin to grow includes moist fur. So now
the epiphora has created the ultimate breeding ground for the red yeast, and
that is why your poodle has tear stains.
that we know what causes tear stains it is time to take a closer look at the
causes of epiphora.
The most common causes of epiphora include:
- Blocked tear ducts
- Ear Infections
- Cutting teeth
- Drinking water
Click to see more about what causes tear stains and possible solutions.
Please note: It
is important to take your pet to the vet to rule out any serious causes of the