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Tear stains are a common problem in the Bulldog breed. Most short faced and wrinkled breeds will need daily care for their wrinkles. Most of the time a soft tissue will clean the wrinkles from dust or dirt. But sometimes the stain won’t go away and the wrinkles can become irritated. The wrinkles will become a red/brownish color and their fur will be wet.
A very important sidenote on this subject: In a lot of cases the wrinkles are not just dirty from playing outside or from active tear glands. They can be irritated from eyeproblems (like cherryeye or entropion), minerals in the water or allergies (like polls, grain or other food allergies). In these cases no cleaning or cream will solve the problem. So if you are in doubt or when the methods mentioned below don’t work make sure to visit a veterinarian for advice.
So the first thing to do, is to adress the source of the problem and than you can begin to clean and prevent the tear stains. Clean the wrinkles with an eyecleaner daily, get all the filth out those wrinkles and really rub your fingers trough their wrinkles, wipe away from the corner of the eye. When the fitlh is gone, there will still be a stain make sure to completly dry the area after you cleaned it, this is really important! Some people rub ointment on it after cleaning but my advice is to only do that when the wrinkles are clean and stainfree already and when the fur needs to grow back. When their wrinkles are still irritated it is better to keep the area dry and clean.
When a general eyecleaner doesn’t work you can try a eyecleaner with antibiotics in it. You should only use cleaners with antibiotics for a short period of time. Use it to remove the stain and than proceed with a general eyecleaner and unscented cleaning wipes to keep it clean. These methods can also be used for irritated nosewrinkles. If your Bulldog does not have any medical reasons for the tear stains they will be easy to remove with a couple of cleanings. I clean my dogs daily with unscented baby wipes (their ears, nose wrinkles and corners of the eye) and they have no tear stains or dirty wrinkles.
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I asked our members what their experiences were with cleaning tear stains. Since I have no experiences with the methods named below I can not vouch for these methods.
Here are some of the tips they shared with us:
Thea van Oosten van der Wulp, Ali Bourdeau:
I use baby wipes daily and a little hibiclens if they get irritated. My two love to lick each others faces and ears, so sometimes it’s twice a day cleanings from mom to get the extra slobber off. I also use coconut oil orally and topically
Diluted hibiscrub washed in the channels everyday keeps bacteria at bay
Kelly Adamchak Durdan:
I thought i would never get rid of my Guys tear stains.I tried every thing under the sun,Till my vet gave me Pharmaseb wipes..these wipes have been heaven sent they cleared up there wrinkles took away the tear stains no more stinky faces..love these wipes
Dorinda van Kessel:
Just a cottonball drowned in milk. It’s a wonder!
I used plain old desitin for diaper rash.
I use Malaseb shampoo (available at the vet), Anointing pure, leave for 10 minutes and then clean with water (so get off) Then a thin layer sudocreme So I do it with my bulldog Ozzy, and it works
The stains can you remove with cooked water and betadine shampoo de stains by the eye dont clean more dan twice a week because when je remove the stains daily the tears production activaded its a normal proces off the eyes When the stains are verry wet , only dry tthe stains and clean only 2 times in a week.
My bully had bad tear stains and a very bad soaring inside the wrinkle over his nose. I tried every thing until a vet told me to use Savlon liquid. I used it once a day cleaning gently with cotton. Those tear stains disappeared.
Kimberly Simmons Daily:
Antifungal wipes work best for us
Vanessa Hinojosa Eubank:
Mal-A-Ket Wipes by DermaPet from Entirelypets.com works wonders!
I use stridex medicated pads under the nose stock and for the tear area. the stridex kills any fungus, yeast and bacteria. I use it daily if there is a problem and then a couple times a week after that or as needed.
Sensitive baby wipes, allow to dry then sudocrem or sensitive diaper rash cream, careful to avoid the eyes. Irradiates the yeast, soothes redness, smells good, reduces the swelling and works!
Apple cider vinegar in their drinking water helps with tear stains also, but the root of the problem stems from what the dog is fed.
Filtered water in a stainless bowl is what I used and Annabella’s tear staining disappeared. I clean her folds, ears and entire body with unscented baby wipes daily
Vonny Robertson: I bath my babies with Douxo antiseptic shampoo, plus have the Douxo pads. Tear stains are just from active tear glands, which can be that way from wind/dust/my one puppy had tears already at 6 weeks old. Just got to keep the face clean firstly, but more importantly -dry. If you keep putting ointments or wet creams on, it’s just going to create a bacterial infection in the facial wrinkles. My bulldog vet says his motto is “clean and dry, clean and dry!”. Can’t make the tear production stop. Just got to keep it clean and dry
I use baby wipes to clean and baby powder to dry.
Baby wipes on the daily. Fragrant free of course. And I make a solution of part vinegar (small amount) with distilled water and clean the areas if needed once a day when it calms down every other day to weekly using a cotton ball pad.
I also put couple tablespoons of braggs raw apple cider vinegar in my bullies water.
Lynne Anderson: I use optrex eye lotion for humans on a cotton pad very safe to rub around the and does not sting and dry with a tissue
Annah V. Luker: I have a cat that cleans them daily! Highly recommended to get your bully a pet cat. For companionship & cleanliness. They are good friends