Do you have a dog with red rusty tear stains? One of my Boston Terriers Orbit is two and a half years old and has had horrible red rusty tear stains since she was about 10 months old. She also has a history of yeast which I’m glad to say we’ve put behind us now.
But she still had tear stains. They weren’t as bad as when she had yeast outbreaks but it was there.
So I set out to understand more about what was causing it.
What Causes Tear Stains?
Tear stains are usually caused by dye molecules called porphyrins. Porphyrins are emitted primarily over bile and the intestinal tract, however in dogs a substantial amount of porphyrin is excreted over tears, saliva and as well as urine. Saliva and tears both contain ingredients called porphyrins, which pigment light fur pink, red or brown. The real reason for stains is the porphyrin in the saliva and tears.
Porphyrin is not serious and staining barring yeast problems, is more of a cosmetic problem and causes no damage to your dog.
The tear stains might also be caused by yeast. If it is – you can use a spray that you can purchase from Amazon. To read more about that spray read my previous post HERE.
Heal the Gut
My two dogs have had various allergy and yeast issues. Under the guidance of our vets (we have several) we’re happy to report that after a year and a half both of our dogs are yeast and allergy free.
Their diet has a lot of variety. I feed them balanced home cooked meals. On occasion while traveling or if I’ve run out of food they get kibble. And lately we added to their menu a pre-made raw food.
I do not feed any processed treats. All of their treats are from Real Dog Box (single ingredient natural treats).
I still avoid chicken in all it’s forms.
And I try to feed on rotation five different proteins through out the month.
In Clover Fresh digest daily digestive enzyme
One constant through out their different meals has been to add digestive enzymes to their food. I had previously been using a product from Nature’s Farmacy under the recommendation of Orbit’s Breeder who had been using the same product for years … until five months ago.
Orbit’s breeder has 7 bostons of her own. Her dogs eat a species appropriate raw diet.
She switched her enzyme to Fresh Digest and noticed a positive effect on those of her dogs with tear stains.
Basically all their tear stains were gone.
She shared this product with me only recently because she wanted to give it time before she recommended it’s effectiveness.
I bought it on Amazon July 8th, 2018. The company claims that you will notice the positive effects within 1 to 3 days.
I noticed a difference in Orbit within two days. But I didn’t want to get too excited since I felt that was too soon.