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Old 01-02-2013, 05:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
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And the great thing about poodle hair is IT GROWS and if you don't like it, you can always change it.
Exactly. It's fun to try different things. It definitely grows back...and fast too.
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I'd like something to keep him warm in the north Dakota winters but not into the fancy cuts.


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A few things can effect tears. 1. Genetics & if that is the case then not any luck in getting rid of but need to manage 2. Your pup could easily have an infection in which case antibiotics are good, your vet can of course diagnose that issue, 3. Allergies can cause bad stains , ask your vet about this & benadryl to help, 4. Food as mentioned.

As far as looks you can still have facial hair if you want but shave out the tear stain area. For groomers a "puppy cut" means nothing. What you want is how much hair you want LEFT on your dog. Do you want a pattern? Tons of photos on the internet so pick some out.
Genetics I am curious about now...our little guy came from a pet shop with papers and so I know nothing about his bloodline etc. I would think infection would have a smell to it - and i have had my nose right in it (the nurse in me). Allergies I suppose - will look into that a bit more - - no other symptoms though. The nutrisource puppy kibble does have beet pulp? and its also not grain free. We are still getting off of that stuff. We will see what comes of it as we switch to all raw you guys are all so amazing...than you all for the great info!!
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My Fifi had tear stains and I would feed her 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin...not pumpkin pie...every few days and the stains would stop.
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My Fifi had tear stains and I would feed her 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin...not pumpkin pie...every few days and the stains would stop.
I haven't heard of pumpkin doing the trick. Did Fifi still tear? Just no stains? I might have to give it a try. Miu Miu still tears a little.
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She didn't tear either. Very, very strange. I was using the canned pumpkin for her upset tummy and to give her some extra calories. She didn't like it much but it did help the potty issues and the eyes were just a bonus. You can freeze the extra in ice cube trays for single servings later so it won't go bad.
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Tear stains are hereditary. The best way to avoid a dog with tear stains is to see the parents and if they have tear stains. They come from tear ducts that are angled incorrectly so the tears drain onto the face instead of into the nasal passage. Tears are clear, but there is a specific yeast that turns orange that feeds off a particular type of bacteria found in tears and saliva. So, it is the yeast that causes the staining in dogs with the bacteria and incorrectly angled tear ducts. Dogs with tear stains will often also have orange stains around the mouth.

People don't want to use angel eyes, but it works. Often you only have to give it for one course of treatment and it kills off the bacteria and doesn't come back, or comes back only occasionally. The yeast dies when there are no bacteria to feed it. Then shave the stains off. You will still get the wet face on and off because that is hereditary, but at least it isn't orange lines. You can also wipe the eyes every day and the tears don't have time for the yeast to grow and stain. Dogs tear more when they have an ear infection (like a fungal ear infection). Get rid of the fungus and the tears mostly stop.

Sometimes the tear ducts are blocked so the tears drain out instead of in. Eye vets can flush the tears ducts, but I have never heard that works all that well. Sometimes dogs with digestive issues like diarrhea or loose stools tear more, too. Pumpkin helps the stools and they tear less.

Some dogs outgrow it. Sometimes dogs tear more if they are sensitive to things like wheat or corn or chicken even. Change their diet and it can get better. It is most common in small poodles. Hardly any standard poodles have it, but I have seen a few.

If you have no ear infections, no eye infections, no diarrhea or any other physical problem, I would try angel eyes once for a couple weeks because often it works and the tears improve or go away and the stains are gone (after you shave them off). But, that's just me.

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This thread has been very helpful not only for clip styles but also about tearing and tear stains. Thank you!
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