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How to get rid of tear stains on dogs' eye?

by Sarah - 11/4/2013

My 6 month old Australian Shepard is getting the teardrop eye, and I am looking for ways to get rid of them. I know it can be a natural thing, but sometimes he gets them in the morning or after swimming, and I hate when they are obvious. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Comments for How to get rid of tear stains on dogs' eye?

I have a German Shepherd,and i recently noticed that my dogs is starting to get these drops at his eyes,he doesn't seem to get them as often as he used to be in the past and i am quite sure that its the result of him being in the pool for 3 days straight.He was looking good all 3 days of his pool time until the 3rd day when he decided to come out of the pool.He didn't seem to have any water on his coat or nose and had a dry nose and mouth,but when i came back he had started to get these drops like a couple of hours later,he looked like he was crying.Does anyone have any suggestions on how i could get rid of these so i can put my dogs back in the pool?Thanks and god bless.

April 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

by Taryn -

You may want to add the following to your home pool chlorine mix. It is not an acid, but will help prevent your dog from getting the tear drops in his eyes.

Tear drops can be caused by the chemicals in swimming pools. They are harmless. But some dogs who get them in their eyes make a fuss and cry because it is uncomfortable.

April 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

by jenis -

You should start adding baking soda to the water you are adding to your swimming pool. If you have a salt pool, use the same amount.

If you have salt pools, you need to use 4 times as much of the baking soda as the salt.

In the past, I used to add an amount of baking soda to the pool which took up the chlorine. I know salt is bad for water, but the baking soda doesn't take up any chlorine so there is no need to use the salt when you add baking soda. The baking soda keeps the chlorine from taking effect with out any adverse affect to your pets.

There's nothing wrong with your dog at all and nothing to worry about. If your dog just had a little run in the water and you wanted to rinse him off to get the water out of him, you'd probably have similar results.

For that matter, I'd clean my dogs after swimming if I had any concern. The chlorine is just a precaution in case he had an accident in the pool and needed an emergency rinse.

April 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

by Mike -

Good info. I'm just a puppy lover, so I will avoid the pool for the time being. Thanks.

April 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM

by B -

What's wrong with a little chlorine in your pool? It's very mild, it doesn't hurt anything, and it's good for your pool. The chemicals are very safe for your pool, and they are natural, not poisonous! Your only issue with it is if you have fish or a swimming pool with a filter. They won't be able to breathe with it, and they could die from it. Then you will need to remove it. If you want to give it a try, do the smallest amount possible so it is not too strong. And just have fun in the water!

April 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

by Jena -

I have a 2 year old beagle and i have added baking soda to my pool to help keep the chlorine clean for the water and the dogs. He does not take it in the pool but he has a nice breath. I can tell he is less thirsty since i started using baking soda.

April 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

by Steve -

I live in Texas and my pool water is already heavily chlorinated. I don't see the need to add any extra chlorine, and don't really want to. Is there any concern of a dog being in it for too long with all of that? My dog seems to have no problems swimming for at least 30 minutes at a time.

April 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM

by John -

It has been my experience that the chlorine level needed to keep the water clean is very close to the amount used in swimming pools, and would be safe to let dogs swim. As always with any of the chemicals, just don't use more than necessary. I would recommend using 1/2 teaspoon for a 3500 gallon pool.

April 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

by James -

I have a 9.5 pound dog that likes to swim, he is a big boy and he loves it! I am concerned about him being in chlorine for too long though...is there a way to test this?

April 18, 2013 at 4:43 PM

by Amy -

We have a new puppy who is getting accustomed to the water. However, it's been several months since we have added any chlorine and the water is pretty clear. If I were to add some now, should I worry about my puppy's health?

by Janelle -

Does anyone know how to test for the presence of chlorine? I don't have a lab kit with me right now but I'm going out of town tonight and would like to know ahead of time so I don't have to make a special trip to the store.

by Chris -

The dog is a 7 year old Lab, I was thinking of running her through the pool to make sure I'm within her acceptable risk factor, however does this work for chlorine, water hardness and the chlorine in the pool?

by David -

Chlorine is one of the easiest chemicals to test for. If the water is clear or looks green, then it is probably safe to swim. If the water is cloudy (or has a film on top) then it should be tested. Most pool stores or websites will have the necessary testing kit.

July 19, 2013 at 1:00 AM

by John -

I found a pool that I am interested in and the prices for the chlorine is $2.50 a gallon, would I be out of line for only buying it at $4.50 or do you think its ok to start with the lower price?

July 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

by Steve -

Does anything like a home water filtration system exist that will filter out chlorine and at the same time keep lead out?

by Steve -

I have a pool and would like to test it for chlorine. I was looking online and came across a product that looks like it would work. It is called ChlorineX and it costs $59.00 and can be found on Amazon. It says it is non-toxic and can handle most pool systems. It also says it won't harm vinyl tile. It can be ordered for shipment but it says to take it from the container to water as a solid. Do you know if this works? Does it really keep the chlorine in or take it out? Do you think it is safe for a pool? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.

July 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM

by Dave -


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