Tear staining is a common problem with Maltese. Most tearing problems are due to the famous “Four H’s” spoken of by Margarie Martin: heredity, health, hygiene and happiness. A seriously stained face does not indicate a poor-quality, nor poorly bred dog. It is not proof that the dog is neglected, mistreated or unhealthy. It just means the dog has more dog tears and less drainage than he needs for some reason that is probably somehow related to any one or any combination of very minor “heredity, health, hygiene, and happiness” concerns.
An eye stain can be caused by clogged tear ducts, ear mites or ear yeast infections. Certain dog foods have dyes that can cause tearing eyes.
Tylosin can be used to help prevent tear stained eyes. It is added to your dog’s water in small amounts. Ask your vet about the correct dose for your dog. Eye Envy is another good product that helps tear stains in dogs.