3) Clean the eyes daily and treat the stains. * Steer clear of at home treatments as these can cause eye irritation or eye injury to your Chihuahua, not to mention that they are not proven to work. This of course includes anything with bleach, but also apple cider vinegar (applied or ingested), boric acid, corn starch, milk of Magnesia and peroxide.
In regard to daily cleaning and treatment for stains, these two treatment work hand-in-hand. You’ll want to get into a habit of cleaning your Chihuahua’s eye area daily. Three times is really best for dogs that are naturally prone to tear staining due to moderate natural tearing and high levels of porphyrins found within them.
In conjunction with this, you will want to use a tear stain treatment and of course, choosing one that actually works while being very gentle is paramount.
The eye wipes:
You will want to use a quality canine eye wipe that is all-natural and does not contain lanolin or alcohol. Use 1 wipe per eye. Starting at the eyebrow, swipe down being sure to sweep over the inner eye to the nose bridge and then down across the cheekbone.
Here are the top 2 best tear stain remedies that work best on a Chihuahua:
– Our #1 choice. This is a safe and gentle and extremely effective product. It contains no bleach, peroxide or harsh chemicals. Results can be seen in as little as 1 week and full results will be seen in 3 to 4 weeks. This comes as either a liquid or a powder; both are very easy to apply with a makeup sponge, Q-tip, cotton ball or cotton pad. Some owners prefer to use both liquid and powder on their Chihuahua for super-fast results, but it’s fine to just choose one. Since the porphyrins that are found in tears is also in urine and saliva (thus causing stains to other parts of a Chihuahua’s body), this is also made to work on stains for that as well.
Tropiclean SPA Fresh Facial Scrub
– This is particularly good for Chihuahua that whose hairs tend to have a crispy texture. This is a scrub that is non-irritating and contains mild coconut cleanser, vanilla, blueberry, kiwi, vitamin E, oatmeal, white tea and ginger. You’ll find that using a small children’s toothbrush is a very effective method of applying this. You’ll scrub for 2 to 3 minutes and then wipe well with a warm, wet, soft washcloth. As with Eye Envy, results can be seen within a week or so, with best results in 3 to 4 weeks.