Natural Treatments for Dogs Tear Stains
So how can you get rid of those unsightly tear stains without putting any harmful or artificial chemicals into your Miniature Schnauzer’s body?
- Feed your Miniature Schnauzer a high quality dog food. If you are not already feeding your Miniature Schnauzer a high quality dog food, now’s the time to make a switch.
- Give your Schnauzer distilled water for drinking one week out of every month. It’s used to cleanse and detoxify the body of minerals. For the remainder of each month use purified or spring water, or at the very least use a water filter system like this Brita pitcher.
note: Distilled water is not considered a healthy choice for long term use as it may cause health problems later on.
- Change your Schnauzer’s drinking water daily and always be sure to physically wash the bowl before refilling it.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to your Schnauzer’s water bowl daily for one month. Repeat this process once every two months. Apple Cider Vinegar works as a purifying agent.
- Consider using a water bottle instead of a dog bowl to help keep your Schnauzer’s beard from getting wet.
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse after bathing your dog. Dilute 50-50 with warm water and carefully pour over your Schnauzer’s body, taking special care to avoid the eyes. Then rinse with water.
- Always use natural, gentle, and safe shampoos to clean your Miniature Schnauzer.
- Start adding probiotics as a supplement to help boost your Miniature Schnauzer’s immune system and remove toxins. Or use low fat plain organic yogurt as a natural source of probiotics.
- Keep your home environment clean and free of dust. Change your air filters every three months.
- Keep your Schnauzer well-groomed and clipped so the hair does not get into its eyes.
- Use a warm washcloth to wipe the eye areas clean every morning and every night. Also clean during the day if you notice any excessive tearing as you want the area to remain as clean and dry as possible. You can also add PetAlive i-Clenz to a clean damp cotton swab and gently wipe over the fur below the eyes when cleansing is necessary.
note: When hair is wet and moist (as it often is around your Schnauzer’s eyes, paws, and genitals) it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. Red yeast causes the reddish brown stains to form on your Schnauzer. So it’s important to keep these areas as clean and dry as possible.
The Results: Since we are not using any harsh products to bleach-out our dogs tear stains, once the natural elimination process begins, the old stains will eventually disappear or fade out on their own or you can simply clip them away.
If you begin implementing these changes today, you should see visible results within 2 to 3 months. Be sure to share your new beautiful white Miniature Schnauzer photos and stories with us!
The best shampoos to clean your Miniature Schnauzer are those free of Parabens (preservatives) and Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates (foaming agents: SLS, SLES) and other harsh additives, oils, lanolins, and silicones. Remember our dogs have smaller organ systems (lungs, liver, kidneys) which will need to work that much harder to eliminate these toxins from their body. So choose wisely products that are designed with their utmost safety in mind.
This article was reposted by New York Dog Nanny.