April 24, 2014

How do I clean around a poodle’s eyes?

Question by TaDa: How to clean around a poodle’s eyes?
Our standard poodle has messy eyes. Actually, one is more messy than the other. It’s not infected. The vet said her tear ducts are fine. She just gets a lot of gunk that dries in the fur around her eye. Two questions: How should we clean this? We’ve been washing her face with a wet cloth but that doesn’t seem to help. Second, any thoughts on why her eye produces so much gunk and how we can keep it from doing that? Thanks!

Quick answer:

Answer by barbiegirl14322
the vet told me to mix half water with have peroxide and wipe it off with that. I don’t know if there’s anything to stop them from doing that but if there is, i’d love to find out too lol

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  2. natalie w says:

    My bichon frise/ toy poodle Tiger had the same problem, the easiest solution is to cut the hair where the gunk is getting on the fur. We did that to my pup, and he almost never has gunk in his fur. It's easier than cleaning the gunk off, cuz it can be pretty nasty!

  3. I have a Maltese and I use a powder called Angel Eyes on her food once a day…and it really works..no more tear stains.

  4. Lindsay says:

    I wipe around my Bichon's eyes with a baby wipe every couple of days.
    I have recently started giving him angel eyes to help stop tear stains. He's only been taking it for a couple of weeks, but it seems to be making difference already.

  5. sherry c says:

    Take a large cottonball and run it under lukewarm water and softly run over his eyes several times. The warm water will feel comfortable and also wash away the debris in or around the dogs eyes. But if this continues, it sounds like an allergy, which is a serious problem. Keep a very close watch!!

  6. sas1184 says:

    Food and water may help. Try switching her food and see if that helps. Some people give there dogs distilled drinking water with success for tear stains as well as urinary problems. Otherwise you can use many products or simply corn starch to help keep the area dry.

  7. You can't really prevent it.

    Clean with a cloth like you are doing. There are eye and face stain removal products available in the pet sully stores that work pretty well.

  8. RayeKaye says:

    The dark areas take a while to remove. Keep doing the warm water washcloth thing every day. Another answerer mentioned the vet approved using hydrogen peroxide and water solution, so I'd try that, too.

    Many dogs and cats just get goopy eyes – it's very common in Persian cats and poodles, and there's really nothing that you can do to prevent it.

  9. First, this is very common for all sizes of poodles. A warm wet tea bag will do the trick. The tanic acid works to break up the gunk and sometimes helps keep it away all together.

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