PetMeds® Removing Tear Stains with Angels’ Eyes

Tear stains on many dogs can be a result of clogged tear ducts or allergies Animal guardians of toy breeds such as the Maltese or Poodle are often asking veterinarians what can they do about their pets’ tear-stained faces, which run from the corner of the eyes.  While this is often due to clogged tear ducts or allergies and is not often a clinical health problem in dogs, many animal guardians want to rid their pets of these unsightly discharges for cosmetic reasons.

The product Angels’ Eyes can offer exactly that relief.  The main ingredient, tylosin,  is an antibiotic that has a diluting effect on the pigment in the tears, thus decreasing the unsightly discharge. The only side effects I am concerned with are using an antibiotic like tylosin for strictly a cosmetic reason in our pets. I am concerned that with long term use this can result in antibiotic resistance in our pets, making it more difficult to treat infectious diseases when they do occur in our pets.

If Angels’ Eyes does not work, clients can sometimes ask their vets about flushing out clogged tear ducts. However, this is often only temporarily effective. Surgery would be another option as well.  However, given the harmless nature of such eye discharges, I often recommend that clients simply live with this issue, should Angels’ Eyes not work.  Another option is to change the pet’s diet. In previous instances, I have found that when clients change their pets to a superior home-prepared diet or natural commercial diet like Halo or Nature’s Variety, that often eye discharges lessen.

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  1. Nice post, Angle’s Eyes is definitely a good product to use. If you’re interested in more information on this topic, here is another post with more information on dog tear stains, causes and affected breeds. Thanks for the post!

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm · Reply

      It is excellent product. Only thing that concerns me is use of an oral antibiotic long term like this on gut flora and immune system of pet.

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  4. Angels Eyes is the best product to remove tar stains.


  5. I’ve been using Angels’ Eyes on my toy poodle for about 10 months. It worked great for at least 8 months, then I cut her back to 3 times a week (I had read where that can be done). The stains started coming back so I started her up on 7 days, but not full dosage. It hasn’t helped. Anyone know of a dog becoming immune to Angel’s Eyes?? Thanks.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm · Reply

      I have not heard of angel eyes treatments becoming immune but anything is possible when using an antibiotic orally long term.

      • Thanks for your reply….if I stop the Angels’ Eyes, what would you recommend that I try?

        • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 27, 2012 at 11:07 am · Reply

          There are not many other commercial products that I know of that work for this. Keeping hair short around eyes can help minimize discharge buildup. I find also that pets on a more holistic lifestyle i.e raw meat home made based diet, and less chemicals/pesticides tend to have less buildup of tear stains.

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