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Your Maltese may not be a completely white ball due to some Brown spots that have come out in the tear duct. Do not worry, it is not something serious, it is a very common problem in small breed and white dogs and the most important thing: it has a solution.
There are natural remedies and products on the market that will help clear up those unsightly spots. In AnimalWised we are going to give you some tricks to whitening the eyes of a Maltese for your pet to have a white look again.You may also be interested in: Cutting the hair of a Maltese Bichon
What are those brown spots?
The brown spots that your dog has in the tear duct are generally not serious and only affect his physical appearance. They are created when the dog tears and magnesium, iron and minerals that contain the tears oxidize when they come into contact with the air, leaving the hairs brown and giving it a slightly sad appearance.
The problem can occur when the tearing is excessive and the hair of the eyes is always wet, as it can cause fungi and bacteria that affect your health and make the spots darker.
The causes of these tears that oxidize in the air due to the minerals they contain can be:
- Allergy: dogs, like people, can be allergic to anything. You will have to be vigilant to discover what causes it and remove it from your pet's environment. It can be alimentary, atopic, dermal, etc..
- Nasolacrimal duct obstruction: something may be blocking the hole in the tear duct, which is quite common. You can go to the vet for periodic cleanings and avoid it.
- Changing teeth: In Maltese Bichon puppies, it is very common for the change of teeth to squeeze the nasolacrimal duct and cause more tears. If this is the reason, it will probably go away when you have all the teeth.
- Nutritional deficiencies: what your dog eats and drinks is vitally important to his health, he may not be getting all the vitamins and proteins he needs.
How to remove brown spots from my Maltese?
To whiten the eyes of a Maltese the first thing you should do is keep your eye hygiene up to date, remove the blemishes and prevent foreign objects from entering that can irritate and obstruct the nasolacrimal duct.
In addition, the Maltese has very long bangs, it can get in the eyes and irritate them, so that it will water more and cause brown spots. For this we must take care that the bangs are always short or collected in a ponytail.
There are also some tricks that you can use to remove these stains, which are:
- Bottled mineral water: bottled water tends to have fewer minerals than tap water, so the oxidation of tears will be significantly reduced.
- Apple vinager: Add a teaspoon to your dog's waterer, in this way the tears become more acidic, preventing the growth of fungi and bacteria that darken the tear duct..
- Chamomile: It is a natural lightener, you can wash your dog's tear duct every day with a gauze soaked in chamomile to gradually remove that brown color from the tear duct.
- Water of roses: Like chamomile, it is a natural lightener and we should wash our dog's tear duct every day with a soft gauze soaked in rose water to clarify it..
- Whitening products: in pet stores we find a multitude of cleaners created specifically to whiten the tear duct of dogs.
- Antibiotic food supplement: This remedy should be sent to you by the veterinarian, it is a nutritional supplement with a little antibiotic to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.