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Hi all,
I was doing a search and found this great site. Got 4 oldish kids at home (high school and uni) and hubby. After losing our 16yr old German sherp two yrs ago decided it was time to get a smaller dog. Fell in love with maltese. everyhing is good, apart that i can't even go to loo without leaving door open and constantly having a shadow following me around the house.(so cute). He got bad tear stain and started him on angel eyes but now he won't take it so i stopped today after only 4 days. Should I buy the chick one for him to try? Can I dissolve the powder and syringe it instead? I can't complain as he is such a perfect dog and loves everybody.
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I don't know what others would say but I believe most recommend that you wait and allow all their adult teeth to come in before starting on any treatments to get rid of tearing because often times it can clear up when they are done teething. MY dog has some staining but its from his facial structure so I just wash his face daily to help keep the actual staining away. Have you tried washing daily to see if it helps?
 

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Tofu is such a cute name!!! :thumbsup:

I don't think you are supposed to use Angel Eyes on pups as they are cutting teeth and Angel Eyes may stain their new adult teeth.

I remember Rudy's tear stains were pretty bad around 5 months as his new teeths were coming in.

You can use 1 table spoon of Boric Acid with 1 cup of warm water. Mix, cool then just wipe around eye area. Also, try mixing milk of magnesia/boric acid/corn starch paste and applying around the stain spots. If it's really bad, you can also mix in a bit of peroxide... This works, too. If you use peroxide, you have to condition well afterwards as it is very harsh.

I know some people recommends antibiotic treatment, such as Tylan. But again, you have to wait till all his adult teeth are in. I once asked my vet for tylan prescription but he refused! He said he won't prescribe tylan for "cosmetic reasons".

But don't worry too much. Just make sure to keep the eye area dry (put some cornstarch after washing the area with mild shampoo - I use Spa Lavish). I am sure it will get much better as he grows older. :w00t:
 

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thanks for your help/advice. Will wait (anyway he doesn't like it). He got some adult teeth already. Such a shock when one day came home and he lost all his bottom teeth!!! TOFU is the best dog and bring so much fun to my family..
 

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I am not an optho. vet but I did see one when Kitzel was very young for an unrelated (to tear stain) problem. She was extremely knowledgeable. She told me that the latest research shows that teeth do not yellow w/these products---however she did advice that it is only a cosmetic solution.
I would also be careful w/peroxide---that is very strong for a tender puppy skin---I would worry more about it than the antibiotics!
Lastly I would caution against boric acid---although I used it years ago when I was showing because that is what they recommended then---it is what is used in "roach poison" and having it that close to a puppies mouth makes me uncomfortable.
ALL of this is in MHO only----I agree w/the others that it is mostly a "waiting game" but sometimes medical corrections have to be taken IF it does not correct itself by a certain age! Is so hard to wait!
 

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Hi! And welcome!! I agree with everyone else. Tofu is too young for Angel Eyes. Teething is natural so just clean his face with a warm damp wash cloth every day or even several times a day. Make sure his food doesnt have any food coloring or beets in it. Give him bottled or filter water. No plastic food/water bowls.

When he's a year old, if he still has a lot of staining, you may want to take him to a specialist (your vet can recommend one).

These are all things I do and it seems to work. Actually my Abbey had to have an operation to enlarge her tear ducts and remove inward growing lashes. But everyone has a clean face now.

Good luck!! I know it's a pain to have to live with the staining, but hopefully it'll pass.

So now....let's see some pictures of your little sweetie pie!!
 

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Welcome to SM. If you feel you must use it and I did use a similar product called Angels Glo. You can sprinkle it in a bit of wet food or even in a small bit of boiled chicken w/ broth. I've even gone as far as sticking it in a greenies pill pocket. But now all we do is a nightly face wash with warm water and it's been working fine. I hope you enjoy the site and we get to see some pics of your sweet boy!
 

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Actually I disagree with the others. Angel Eyes does not harm the teeth, and their brochure (you can find it in some pet stores) gives instructions for use on puppies. We put it on the food, add water, and warmed it for a few seconds. She would only eat the food if it was warmed! :D

However, as the teeth have started coming in (she's 6 months old) the staining is definitely reduced. The hair is growing out white, with the reddish on the longer/older part. Sooo waiting might be a good idea, as it's just one more chemical you put into their little bodies. I don't regret using it for 30 days -- her staining was pretty bad.
 

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Angel Eyes contains the antibiotic Tylosin. It does not stain teeth. That is tetracycline. However, I would NEVER administer an unknown dosage of an antibiotic to my dog for any length of time.
 
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