[/QUOTE]Originally posted by JMM@Nov 27 2004, 07:33 PM
Please keep in mind that the eye exam your regular vet does cannot always detect more subtle eyelids problems that are common in Maltese. A visit with a veterinary ophthalmologist where they have special equipment to find smaller defects which can often be corrected may be helpful.
For the Collyrium, I flush the eyes (not apply a few drops, but flush the eyes out) and then apply some to a cotton ball and wipe the face off. I have a dog with no lower tear ducts so everything drains onto his face. This alone keeps his face quite reasonable.
Another product I like is made by Absolutely Natural and it is called Groom Aid. You can spray it on a cotton ball and clean the face with it. It is an enzymatic waterless shampoo.
You can also put a heavier conditioner on his face a few times a week. Kolestral is the one most commonly used.
Don't leave the cornstarch on his face. If you put it on to dry the hair, then brush it all out. A toothbrush can come in handy here.
Sometimes, less it more and just dabbing his face with a cotton ball a couple times a day may help.