Updated: Feb 25

Read our important tips for caring for this often overlooked part of good pet care, including information about controlling tear stains!

Whether you are looking for tips for your newly adopted family member or pets already in your home we're here as a resource to help you! Check out the following tips to learn more about grooming for eye care.


A dog's eyes produce thicker tears than humans, and their secretions tend to build up in the hair under the dog's eyes.

Bacteria eat the tears and can stain the hair around the eyes red, dark brown, or black (“tear stain”). If the tears are especially thick they can build up and stick to the hair making “eye boogers”. Sometimes, these can cause irritation, infection, and bad odors. Certain breeds are more likely to get tear stains or eye boogers.

There are many different products available to treat tear stains, including bleaching agents and antibiotics. You should talk about your options with your veterinarian, who can prescribe a course of action especially for your dog.


Regular cleaning can help control or reduce both boogers and stain.

  • This area clea comb to remove the gunk.

  • Even with regular care of the eyes, some dogs will still develop tear stains.

Your dog may need professional attention if:

  • The skin has become chapped.

  • Your dog's tears or eye boogers are greenish and puss-like.

  • Depending on the severity, the area may be trimmed and treated with ointment and antibiotics.


Long hair around the eyes can cause dirt, debris, and bacteria to accumulate. This area needs to be washed when dirty or oily, and kept free of debris by regular brushing.

For many dogs, regular trimming will reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep out dirt and debris. This can be done at home if your dog is calm and cooperative. If your dog is scared or fidgety, you may wish to have a professional do the trimming. Watch our video to see how we do it!

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