Bichon Frise Eye Stains – What They are & How to Get Rid of Them
First Priority – Is it a medical issue?
It is very common for a Bichon Frise to have some reddish or brown colored staining around their eyes. It is highly unlikely that Bichon Frise eye stains are a result of or related to a health problem. You should still make an appointment with your vet as your first step. This is particularly important if your Bichon has never had the staining present in the past. In addition to confirming your dog is in tip top health, they will have suggestions for reducing or eliminating the stains. The vet no doubt, has spoken to many other concerned owners of Bichons and other light-colored dogs like Maltese and Poodles.
Sometimes an eye infection, ingrown bit of fur or foreign body in the eye can be the culprit, and a visit to the vet clinic will eliminate such factors from the list.
Next Step – Think about a change of diet
Think about what you’ve been feeding your Bichon Frise. Have you switched brands, or started him on a new variety. Also, sometimes manufacturers change their formulas, and as pet owners, we have no way of knowing about it.
The next time you buy a bag of kibble, compare the ingredient list on the new bag to the old one. See if there’s been a new ingredient introduced. This happens more often then you can imagine.
You can also try a food with a different primary source of protein. Look for the first ingredient listed on the label. If it’s chicken, you may want to look at the pet store for a food with salmon, duck, or lamb as the main protein ingredient. Always be on the alert for dyes too. Just like people, animals can be very sensitive to food additives. Even natural dyes can cause Bichon Frise eye stains or tear stains for some fluffs. Beet extract is a common one that some Bichon parents have found to be causing eye stain troubles.
Consider a Dietary Supplement
There are several products on the market specifically for the purpose of treating eye stains. Most come in the form of a powder you sprinkle onto or stir into your dogs food. By far, the most well known and popular is called Angel Eyes. When my Pierre developed eye staining around his first birthday, I used Angel Eyes and got very good results. Amazon usually has the best price and the free shipping is nice too.
There are nearly 2,000 customer reviews of Angel Eyes you can browse through at Amazon. Some people have posted before and after pictures as well. I am not affiliated with the company that makes Angel Eyes, I am just aware of the brand from personal experience, and discussions in Bichon Frise circles.
One key piece of information to know as you consider Angel Eyes and other similar supplements for tear stains, is the active ingredient in the product is a low dose of the antibiotic Tylosin. Like I said, I have given this product to my Bichon with good results. Of course, only you and your vet can determine if this course of action is suitable for your Bichon. Like most things in life, there are many different schools of thought out there.
Frequent Grooming & Unconditional Love
Bichons prone to eye stains or tear stains can benefit greatly from a stepped up schedule of visits to the groomer. If you are currently taking your Bichon Frise for grooming every six to eight weeks, start going once a month. The extra attention from a professional groomer can make a world of difference. You should also gently wipe their eye area with a clean, moistened soft cloth, or you can use one of the commercial disposable eye pad cleansing products available from pet supply retailers.
TrueBlue Safe and Sure Eye Wipes 50 Pads is the brand I usually buy for my Pierre.
My final thoughts for you today are really more of a request. Remember what matters the most. Your Bichon Frise adores you, and loves you with all their little heart. They don’t mind if you’re not the most perfect and beautiful human specimen on the block, they love you just the way you are. Try not to obsess too much over getting your Bichon’s eyes to be perfectly white. Just enjoy the time you have to play, cuddle and enjoy your beautiful Bichon Frise.