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  • Ugggh!!! How do I get rid of these tear stains on my English Bulldog?


    Photo submitted by Mary Kay of Mitch, R.I.P. handsome boy xxoo

    Over the course of almost a year of having this site, we have talked about the awful tear stains and how to get rid of them. I think it is time to put all the gathered information in one place, so you can help make your bully look beautiful and tear stain free! These are all suggestions that have been brought up on our forums, some of them I have tried, some of them I have not.

    Remember, you should always discuss treatment with your veterinarian for anything with your bulldog. The internet is a wonderful resource for finding out what would be good for your dog, but you should always seek advice also from a licensed professional. The following are suggestions brought by members of our forum and all have not been tested by myself to work.

    First and foremost, the diet your English Bulldog is on is probably the #1 cause of the tear stains to begin with. Allergies make your dog's eyes water, thus producing tear stains. Many foods also have dyes in them or contain things that have dyes, such as beet pulp. To reduce allergies in your bulldog, get them on a high quality food that boost the immune system. Better immune system= less allergies.

    Click Here to view our top 5 recommended dog foods.

    But if your dog already has horrible stains, changing the diet will only help prevent future staining. So how do you get rid of the ones that are already there?

    Here is what I personally do to make my bulldogs' faces tear stain free:

    #1. Keep that face clean!!! Wipe and dry your bulldogs face once a day. Keeping those areas clean and dry is crucial to ridding the stains.

    #2. Get a small glass container with a lid, and put about 5 Tablespoons of cornstarch in it. Pour in about 1-2 Tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Stir it well. It will look like a liquid, but when you try to scoop some out you will find it is a gooey paste. Carefully apply this to the stained area. Do not get it near the eyes!!! Stay about 1/2-1 inch away from the eyes. Do this for about 1 week or longer depending on the severity of the stains, and they should be gone. Once your bulldog is stain free, you should only need to do this about once a week, or even only once a month. This is the way I have gotten rid of tear stains myself over the past 16 years.

    #3. Runny eye dogs. For those who have bulldogs with excess eye watering, after you apply the peroxide/cornstarch formula above, let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once the area is dried out, put a layer of Desitin on the area. Make sure the area is good and dry before applying the Desitin. Do this once a week or only as needed, depending on the watering of your bullies' eyes. IMPORTANT to do this carefully. You do not want to get Desitin in your bulldogs eyes or up their nose!

    #4. If the area is raw or sore, there could be a bacterial or fungal infection in the wrinkle. Ask your vet to prescribe you some Panalog ointment. Put this on once a day everyday until you see an improvement. One week is the most it should take. This ointment is also a dream come true for vaginal yeast, tail pockets and nose rope wrinkles!

    #5. Stridex pads or Mal-A-Ket type wipes. Use these for the daily cleaning of the area. If the effected area is raw or sore these will probably be very irritating to your dog. It will burn. If the area is raw or inflamed you really should take your dog to the vet to treat this area with antibiotics.

    After you get the tear stains under control, you should only need to do a daily face wipe. Use the other suggestions only when needed.

    Other suggestions that you can try:

    1. 1/2 a tums 2 times a day. I have not tried this myself.

    2. Angel eyes. Some have had success, others have not.

    3. Give your dog only filtered water.

    4. Use Milk of Magnesia on the stained area.

    5. Apply constarch or powder to the stained area to keep it dry. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT apply these so that the powder will 'poof' into their eyes and nose!!

    6. Use medicated powder such as gold bond or athletes foot powder. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT apply these so that the powder will 'poof' into their eyes and nose!!

    Your comments and other suggestions (if I missed any) are welcome. Please comment below. Also let us know if any of the above worked for you, and which ones!

    Many of these treatments will also work with a yucky nose rope, including vaginal yeast creme that can be purchased for humans.
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. Gertie's Mom's Avatar
      Gertie's Mom -
      What a great idea to put all this info all together! Thanks desertsky!
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      I finally am going to try the equal parts of Hydrogen peroxide with MOM with enough starch to make a paste. I applied it to not only Orion's tear stains..but also Vegas. I am now officially the most hated human in the house. Orion's tear stains are horrible. But she is such a PITA..I was afraid of getting the mixture into her eyes. Round one went fairly smoothly.
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      The only reason I did not post the peroxide mixed with milk of mag was I never used it myself and wonder about combining the two ingredients together.

      I am looking very forward to seeing some pics one week from today! Got is missy??? @Libra926
    1. gatorfan85's Avatar
      gatorfan85 -
      Love the tips !! I know food is a big part. Georgia never ha dtear stains until we changed her food but now i have her and Beefy on Natures Logic and I can tell you it is WONDERFUL!! i wipe both their eyes about twice a day and apply desitin and no tear stains!!!
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      @desertskybulldogs
      The book I got the info from suggests twice daily. There is no way I can do all I do in the morning, plus apply this mixture...wait for it to dry AND brush it off. So...maybe two weeks. I did take a before photo of her. I need to figure out her chin. The soup...although works great for slimming down the chub, doesn't do well on the white baby's face. She manages to get tomato on top of her head.
      Do you make up the mixture each time...or does it store well mixed up? I guess I will find out tomorrow.
      I have no idea how you manage it all. I can barely feed myself when dealing with the two babies. I SUCK at multi-tasking.
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      @desertskybulldogs
      Have Noah film you doing the paste on the dogs. I want to know how it looks. If I have it too thick. I need guidance from the expert.
    1. Champ Waring's Avatar
      Champ Waring -
      I noticed you made sure to say "dont let the powder poof in their eyes" when suggesting the Gold Bond or Cornstarch powder to keep dry...I always recommend buying a set of the plastic picnic ketchup / mustard containers. You can get them cheap at Walmart or the dollar store. The pointed tip helps get the powder right in the wrinkle and no where else We use Gold Bond a lot in the tail pocket too.
    1. Lacey28's Avatar
      Lacey28 -
      Great idea!
    1. 2bulliefamily's Avatar
      2bulliefamily -
      Great ideas. Thanks for writing/posting the article.
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      Ok..I've been doing the concoction that I described. 1/2 hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 MOM and enough cornstarch to create a paste. Here is my problem. I don't have to wait for it to dry. Orion will find a way to rub it off. (it may be too pasty) I've found it on the couch, carpet, blanket and the wall) Not only that, she is like Buddy the Elf and she eats the stuff off my finger faster than I can get it onto her face. But... I'm still doing it.
    1. Daphne's Avatar
      Daphne -
      Thank you so much Desertsky for putting this information together!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Rosiesmom's Avatar
      Rosiesmom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
      Ok..I've been doing the concoction that I described. 1/2 hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 MOM and enough cornstarch to create a paste. Here is my problem. I don't have to wait for it to dry. Orion will find a way to rub it off. (it may be too pasty) I've found it on the couch, carpet, blanket and the wall) Not only that, she is like Buddy the Elf and she eats the stuff off my finger faster than I can get it onto her face. But... I'm still doing it.
      LMAO, Buddy the Elf! I just spit my drink out laughing so hard! Love it! Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      @Rosiesmom

      Emily: You like sugar, huh?
      Buddy: Is there sugar in syrup?
      Emily: Yes.
      Buddy: Then YES!

      or

      We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

      I love that movie!
    1. Rosiesmom's Avatar
      Rosiesmom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
      @Rosiesmom

      Emily: You like sugar, huh?
      Buddy: Is there sugar in syrup?
      Emily: Yes.
      Buddy: Then YES!

      I think you and I just became best friends!!! It is one of my top 5 favorite movies (I'm a movie junkie)!!! Will Farrell is a comedy God!!
      Buddy: You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa.
      or

      We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

      I love that movie!
      I think you and I just became best friends!!! It is one of my top 5 favorite movies (I'm a movie junkie)!!! Will Farrell is a comedy God!!
      Buddy: "You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa."
      Buddy: "I'm sorry I ruined your lives, and crammed eleven cookies into the VCR."
    1. patricia's Avatar
      patricia -
      Thanks for all the info!!!!!
      I was reading the top 5 foods and I dont think we have any of those where we live We recently started Blue Buffalo... has anyone used that brand??.... we are going with BB Wilderness Salmon... it works well and helps with his allergies. Has anyone used Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon?? If anyone has, What is your opinion?
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      What about santa's cookies? I suppose parents eat those too?



      Who sent this Christmas Gram?
      What's a Christmas Gram? I want one!
    1. GatorRay's Avatar
      GatorRay -
      I wonder if it is yeasty if you can use an althlete's foot cream like Lotrimin. When my daughter had a yeast diaper rash, the doc told us to use that and it worked like a dream. It is just anti-fungal. Might need to ask a vet
    1. JeannieCO's Avatar
      JeannieCO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libra926 View Post
      Ok..I've been doing the concoction that I described. 1/2 hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 MOM and enough cornstarch to create a paste. Here is my problem. I don't have to wait for it to dry. Orion will find a way to rub it off. (it may be too pasty) I've found it on the couch, carpet, blanket and the wall) Not only that, she is like Buddy the Elf and she eats the stuff off my finger faster than I can get it onto her face. But... I'm still doing it.
      I was thinking of trying this today for Wilson's tear stains. How did it finally work for Buddy the Elf, ?
    1. Libra926's Avatar
      Libra926 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
      I was thinking of trying this today for Wilson's tear stains. How did it finally work for Buddy the Elf, ?
      It didn't. We had underlying issues with food allergies, so we switched her food. THAT cleared up her face discoloration. Then she had an eye ulcer, so we just got that cleared up. Now we think she has seasonal allergies, so we are trying benadryl. I'm also using tear stain wipes twice daily (when I can catch her and when she doesn't try and eat the wipe) Once that is tried for awhile, I think we will try the concoction again. I need a rest first!
    1. bullmama's Avatar
      bullmama -
      I use it all the time but without MOM, just peroxide and cornstartch