Tear Stain Remedies For English Bulldogs

Do you know if Vaseline with boric acid in a 10/1 solution is good for tear
stains? I have always read to keep the wrinkles dry, Vaseline doesn’t seem
like the best thing to keep bacteria at bay, but then again the eyes are
always wet with drainage when there are tear stains anyhow. A breeder told
us about this for our dog. What is your opinion?


Tear stains are a natural occurrence caused by trace minerals in the liquid
of the tears, primarily copper. The copper stains the hairs.

I have always thought the best solution was to treat the
cause of the tears.

If your bulldog has any of the bulldog eyelash problems, I would recommend
they be taken care of by an ophthalmologist vet.

If the tearing is caused by allergies, that’s a bit more difficult to remedy.

I have heard of various tear stain remedies ranging from hydrogen
peroxide (which I wouldn’t do) to rolaids.

Here’s some suggestions from one of the bulldog groups:

tear stain remedies:

Dermalone Ointment (Panalog) for tear stains also under the
nose roll. Works great.


use a chewable supplement made by legacy for life called companion. It
works great. really brightens and whitens.

dealing with tear stains is different with every dog. I think
food is probably the biggest culprit. In my experience, my bullies
have had fewer tear stains with food that do not contain any copper,
and if they contain beet or beet pulp, it is way down on the
ingredient list. Of course, daily wiping on the face is a big help…I
try and stay away from using chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide
around the eye..I think it irritates the eye and may cause more
tearing, thus more staining…

I have one dog that it doesn’t matter what she eats..she will have
tear stains, however, given one plain Rolaids (not the flavored ones)
with her food daily eliminated her tear stains totally. (we only gave
them when she was showing)

I have two dogs that changing their food to one with no copper/no
beets cleared theirs up in a matter of about a month. Keep in mind,
they need to loose the stained hair under the eye…you can speed this
up by trimming the hair down and letting new hair grow back..(as a
foot note–these 2 are related to each other–hummmm)

I have one that neither of the above worked, however, someone
suggested benedryl, so she got a benedryl every 3rd day (when she was
showing) and it cleared up the stains..(and this one is not related to
the other 3)…


Our dogs only get distilled or filtered water(PUR waterfilter) .
We were told the minerals in well water would cause them, thus
no spring water either….

We also use tetracycline when showing regularly. I’ve been told
the beet pulp is the main culprit in food and makes sense when
you compare the color of tearstains to beets.

I have not heard of the boric acid, but it sounds like it could really irritate
Biggie’s eyes worse, and I don’t think Vaseline would help either.

One thing is certain. If you can remove the source of irritation, whether it
is from eyelashes gone astray or from allergies, there will be no more tears
and then the stains will go away.

In my opinion it is not normal for a bulldog to have these stains. You need
to figure out why his eyes are running and then treat that. Otherwise you
are just covering up the cause with cosmetic measures.

You can read more about bulldog eyes in my book The Healthy Bulldog



  1. hungoverrr
    November 24th, 2007 | 4:26 am

    hi there

    Just wanted to warn you about the potential dangers of using tetracycline for tear stains.

    Granted it will work but there are much safer narrow spectrum antibiotics out there.

    Tetracycline is a wide specrum antibiotic that is used to treat many aliments. The bacteria that leads to the red tear/beard/paw stains is best treated with an narrow specrum antibiotic. One such example is tylosin.

    to the best of my knowledge tylosin is safe for both dogs and cats and has very little in the way of side effects. Tetracycline has numerous side effects (check out the info at bichon hotel) including anemia and rotten teeth. Another advantage of tylosin over tetracycline is that being a narrow based antibiotic it is unlikely that it would ever be used for a serious out break of doggie disease.

    We tried numerous wipes/drops/diet changes and eventually found “angels eyes”. It is amazing. the active ingredient is tylosin and the other ingredient is beef- used to hide the taste of the tylosin. you just sprinkle it on the dog’s food each day and thats it.

    Tetracycline can only be used for short periods where-as anglel eyes can be given on a dialy basis. If you wanna try it go to bichon hotel

    The only down side of angels eyes that i am aware of is that it can’t be given to young puppys.

    we have been using it for three years

    Best of luck

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