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Best Dry Dog Food For Tear Stains

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Tear stains are the red, rust, or brown colored streaks that appear on light colored dog’s faces. Let’s discuss what causes tear stains to appear, as well as what remedies and what diets should be considered for dogs with excessive tear staining:

long hair chihuahua with tear stains

What causes tear stains?

Tear stains in dogs are caused by a variety of issues; tear duct issues, skin issues or infections, allergies and diet. Be sure to consult with your dog’s veterinarian to determine the cause, as this will guide what remedies may be successful.

Tear Stain Remedies

Begin by scheduling a check up with your veterinarian to ensure that your dog is not suffering from a skin infection, allergy, or tear duct issue, as certain conditions will determine what steps should be taken or what remedies will be successful.

Some tear stain remedies to discuss with your veterinarian are:

  • Adding a supplement to your dog’s food such as Angel Eyes.
  • Providing your dog filtered water to drink, as excess minerals in a dog’s water may contribute to the appearance of tear stains.
  • Grooming your dog’s face daily, and making sure that your dog’s face is dried after being groomed.
  • Feeding a high quality dog food.

Best Dry Dog Foods For Tear Stains

Discuss the following foods with your dog’s veterinarian to determine what the best choice would be to keep your dog healthy and reduce your dog’s tear stains:

deer head long hair chihuahua

Tear Stain Specific Food

There is only one dry dog food that was specifically formulated for dogs with excessive tear staining:
Forza10 Nutraceutic Sensitive Tear Stain Plus Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Other Food Options

Based upon research and feedback from my readers, the best diets to reduce tear stains are grain free diets or vegan diets:

Grain Free*

*Keep in mind that grain free dog food has the potential to increase your dog’s risk of heart disease. Before making the switch to a grain free diet, be sure to consult with your dog’s veterinarian to ensure that would be a healthy choice for your dog.

cute chihuahua puppy with tear stains



Feeding a high quality food may help reduce tear stains in dogs. However, there are many possible causes for tear staining, so it is imperative that your dog is examined by a veterinarian to resolve any outstanding medical issues that may be the cause.

Also read What to do About Tear Stains.

Have you found any food that has helped relieve tear stain in your dog? Please share with us in the comments!



Saturday 2nd of January 2021

In your video it said chihuahua,s are not expensive, i live in Australia and the price for a chihuahua is $4,000 dollars or more.

Pamela Morrison

Thursday 11th of March 2021

@Cathy, the first place to look for a Chi is the SPCA or animal control. Chihuahuas are one of the top breeds abandoned or turned in by their owners. At least that’s the case in Phoenix AZ where I rescued my angel who is believed to be 11 years old now. Rescuing her (Grace Kelly because she looked so regal when I saw her) was the best thing I have ever done. Just something to think about.


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Yikes, that is expensive. Here in America, in certain parts they can be expensive (like $1500) but often they are a lot less.