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How to Use Coconut Oil to Remove Dog Tear Stains

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Have you noticed ugly, dark damp spots beneath your Pomeranian’s eyes and wondered what they are? They’re known as tear stains and are usually more visible in Poms that have light-colored fur or are a solid white color.

You want to know how to how to get rid of tear stains on Pomeranians. One method is by using coconut oil. How can you use coconut oil for dog tear stains?

Using coconut water to treat tear stains is easy. Rub the coconut oil into each stain on his fur until they disappear (usually a couple of days). NEVER use make-up remover or bleach to get rid of tear stains.

While looking after dog tear stains isn’t hard, there are a couple of important things you need to know. To assist you, here’s a 9-step guide on using coconut oil for dog tear stains.

9-Step Guide to Using Coconut Oil for Dog Tear Stains

1. What Are Tear Stains?

Before successfully treating your Pom dog’s tear stains with coconut water, you should understand what can give dogs tear stains in the first place.

As the term suggests, if a dog has an excessive eye discharge (tears), rusty-colored spots will form beneath your dog’s eyes. A dog’s urine saliva and tears contain an agent that’s rich in iron and this agent makes the fur grow darker whenever exposed to air. The longer the agent stays on the fur, the darker the stains become.

These stains generally appear under a dog’s eyes but occasionally they will surround the eyes and run down to the muzzle and cheeks.

White Pomeranian Dog with eye stains
White Pomeranian Dog with eye stains

Breeds such as the Pomeranian are very prone to tears because of the way their faces are structured. However, the main underlying reasons for eyes to produce excessive discharge is eye problems and allergies.

A moist environment is perfect for yeast and bacteria breeding. Your dog’s facial hair can also be stained a red or rusty color. It’s easy to tell the difference between tear stains and any other type because they appear and darken gradually over a period of time. If your dog’s coat is a light color, it will be obvious sooner.

2. Remove All Potential Causes of Tear Stains on Dogs

Prior to using coconut oil as a treatment for tear stains on your dog, you must identify and treat the cause. If you don’t, your dog’s tears will keep returning over and over.

Allergies are the number one cause of Pomeranian eye stain issues. Do tests to determine what, if anything, he’s allergic to and get rid of it. For example, switching to a raw or home cooked diet might be beneficial. It’s also wise to get your dog’s eyes examined by the vet.

Some eye diseases may cause too much tearing, and those won’t disappear on their own. More importantly, they’ll adversely affect your dog’s sight if not handled on time.

3. Choose the Ideal Coconut Oil

When it’s time to choose tear stain removers, you’ll quickly learn there are dozens to choose from. However, you probably don’t know that many of the products may contain antibiotics. Several years ago, a warning about these companies was issued by the FDA.

The way antibiotics has been over-used in this way is dangerous. Your Pom could end up with liver troubles or build up a resistance to antibiotic treatments. That could become a serious problem if your dog become ill.

By comparison, coconut oil is safe for use on dogs and there are some benefits too. Coconut oil possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that hinder the growth of bacteria if applied to a dog’s fur.

Coconut oil creates a protective shield that repels the tears and won’t let them soak into the skin. Coconut oil is also the active ingredient in numerous stain removers.
However, to gain all these benefits, you must select the right product. You must get unrefined, organic coconut oil.

Pomeranian Dog
Pomeranian Dog

Non-organic brands usually contain lots of nasty chemicals that can irritate your dog’s skin and eyes. To avoid problems, always read labels carefully while shopping.

Non-organic brands probably have a lot of chemicals in them that will irritate your dog’s eyes and skin. As such, you should read the label carefully when you go shopping for coconut oil.

4. How to Clean Pomeranian Eyes

Before applying coconut oil to your Pomeranian’s tear stains, you must do a few
preparations. First, the area should be as dry as possible. When cleaning Pomeranian eyes, use either a makeup pad or cotton cloth and wipe the stains dry. Don’t use tissues or other wood-based products.

If your dog is comfortable with it, you should trim the hair around his eyes with blunt-tipped scissors. Trimming makes it easier to apply coconut oil to his skin and make it work more efficiently on yeast and bacteria.
But you need to be careful not to hurt your Pom accidentally. Don’t do it if he struggles or squirms.

5. Make Your Pomeranian Comfortable

Before you try and clean your dog’s tear stains, you should make him comfortable. You want your dog’s experience to be a pleasant experience so he won’t struggle next time you do it.

So, begin by cuddling and petting your Pom for a few minutes until he starts relaxing. Then you can move on to the next step.

6. Apply the Coconut Oil

Use a wipe and softly dry your Pom’s hair around his eyes as much as you can.
Then get some coconut oil and gently massage it into your dog’s hair and skin. Make sure that you cover the whole stained area and that you do both eyes.

If you’re going to apply the coconut oil with your fingers, ensure you wash your hands beforehand. You don’t want more bacteria in your dog’s skin and make the situation any worse. You may decide to use a cotton cloth or makeup pad. Don’t use cotton balls because they sometimes stick to your dog’s fur.

Once you’ve applied the coconut oil to both eyes, reward your dog with a treat and give his belly a playful rub. That will make him keen when it’s time for his next eye cleaning session.

7. Be Consistent

You’ll never eliminate your dog’s tear stains unless you’re consistent. This means applying coconut oil on his discolored tears every day. If you forget, do it as soon as soon as you remember.

Usually, it will take 10-14 days to work. However, that depends on the darkness of your Pomeranian’s tear stains and how quickly you begin the treatment.

If there is no improvement in the color of his stains after a fortnight, you need to consult your vet. The same thing applies if your dog’s eyes start watering out of the blue.

8. Learn How You Can Prevent Tear Stains

There are plenty of things you can do to prevent tear stains. Wipe your Pomeranian’s face every day to prevent a build-up of moisture. Either you trim his facial hair or, if you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, take your dog to a dog groomer.

Think about your Pomeranian’s diet. Low-quality food often has a cheap price tag. However, that’s also because it has plenty of ingredients that can trigger allergies.
If your dog lacks good nutrition, he’ll have a weak immune system, making him more prone to infections. Switch to a raw or home cooked diet.

How to Use Coconut Oil to Remove Dog Tear Stains
How to Use Coconut Oil to Remove Dog Tear Stains

It’s wise to get your Pomeranian’s eyes checked to make sure there are no problems that may creep up on you. Breeds such as Pomeranians are prone to certain eye troubles so it’s crucial that tear stains must be examined.

9. Add Coconut Oil to Your Pomeranian’s Diet

Coconut oil is great for a dog’s skin but it also provides plenty of benefits when added to his diet. It will boost his immune system so he can fight bacterial and viral infections. One tablespoon is good for big dogs so if your dog is small or a toy, adjust it accordingly. I recommend adding 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon daily to the dog's food.  Avoid giving him too much at once or he’ll get diarrhea.

Closing Thoughts

Coconut oil is a great alternative for getting rid of tear stains for numerous reasons:
• It fights yeast and bacteria.
• It stops moisture soaking his hair.
• You can use certain commercial tear stain removers BUT they must have natural ingredients.
• They can’t have antibiotics or chemicals.

Disclaimer: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your dog. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on ANY website.

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References and Further Reading:

[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

Coconut Oil for Pomeranians