Hi Lynn. This is excellent information. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. This is the reason I don't give our guys any treats that are store bought except for the Fruitables, they only get homemade with all natural ingredients, fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, peanut butter and yogurt. There have been too many recalls and deaths that have been linked to various treats, especially the ones made in China. I also try to use natural products and supplements as much as possible, like ACV, and Epsom salts for foot soaks, white vinegar for rinsing after a bath, Polysporin for cuts or sores, and I also make my own ear cleaner using ACV and Hydrogen Peroxide. I think that the more natural the products we use the better since they are so sensitive. I also believe that when we use natural supplements like yogurt, ACV, kelp, and coconut oil, we can be proactive and maybe prevent some problems and diseases, thereby saving on future vet bills by keeping them healthy. You can naturally prevent or reduce tear stains from the inside, by adding ACV to the drinking water, and using filtered water. Tear stains are mostly caused by allergies, inflammation, yeast and bacteria, and infections.
By feeding natural foods and treats, you can avoid or reduce allergic reactions to additives, preservatives, and chemicals. Tear stains are like a runny nose, it's an immune response of the body, to get rid of toxins. By adding ACV to the water, it changes the Ph levels of the tears, which helps fight yeast and bacteria, and inhibits the growth of yeast, also adding an Omega Fatty Acid supplement with help fight allergies as well. Some natural cleaners that you can use to remove tear stains are to make a weak saline solution or use lemon juice to clean them, be careful not to get the lemon juice in the eye itself. I also read that you can use store bought contact lens solution from the drugstore to clean tear stains. It is safe to use on dogs eyes, because it's approved and safe for peoples eyes. Contact solution is made of saline so will not hurt your dogs eyes.