PetMeds® Removing Tear Stains with Angels’ Eyes
|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.