Do White Coated Dogs Get More Tear Stains?

Tear stains on dogs are unsightly and can be difficult to remove. But do white coated dogs really get more tear stains than other breeds? And if so, why?

The answer is yes! The main reason why white coated dogs are more susceptible to tear stains is because they have less pigment in their fur. This lack of pigment makes it easier for the red in tears to show through, resulting in unsightly stains. However, not all white dogs get tear stains. While white coated dogs may be more susceptible to some of the conditions that cause tear stains, there are a number of ways to prevent and treat them. So, if you’re dealing with tear stains, don’t fret and read on: 

Contributing Causes

There are a number of factors that can contribute to tear stains in dogs, including allergies, excess tearing, eye infections, and more. 


One of the most common causes of tear stains in dogs is allergies. Dogs can be allergic to a variety of things, including pollen, dust, mold, and even their food. If your dog is allergic to something in their environment, they may rub their eyes a lot, which can lead to tear stains.

Excess Tearing

Tear stains can also be caused by excess tearing. This is often due to an anatomical issue, such as an eyelash that’s turned in (entropion) or a blocked tear duct. If your dog is tearing more than usual, it’s important to have them examined by a vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Eye Infections

Eye infections are another common cause of tear stains. These can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi, and can sometimes be accompanied by discharge, redness, and swelling. If you think your dog may have an eye infection, it’s important to take them to the vet as soon as possible for treatment.

Preventing Tear Stains

There are a number of things you can do to prevent tear stains from forming in the first place. These include:

  • Keeping your dog’s eyes clean and free of debris with regular wiping or bathing.
  • Avoiding things that may trigger allergies, such as pollen, dust, or mold.
  • Feeding your dog a high-quality diet to avoid any nutritional deficiencies.
  • Making sure your dog gets enough exercise to help keep their immune system strong.

Treating Tear Stains

If you’re already dealing with tear stains, Squishface Wrinkle Paste is a powerful wrinkle cleaner and tear stain cream for dogs created without water or alcohol and with a limited, only absolutely essential ingredient list. Use Wrinkle Paste as a protective barrier on your dog’s nose rope, wrinkles and skin folds, toes or tail pockets, and to remove stubborn tear stains.

For best results we recommend cleaning the area of debris and applying fresh Wrinkle Paste once daily for 7 to 10 days. Sometimes it may take a little longer to clear up but consistency is key! Once you reach the desired results, apply once every other day or as needed to keep itchiness and funk at bay! Check out below a pup's before and after picture after using Wrinkle Paste! 

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The Bottom Line

Tear stains are a common issue in dogs, but they don’t have to be permanent. In most cases, tear stains are not a serious condition. However, if you think your dog may have an eye infection, it’s important to have your doggo checked by a vet just to be sure. With regular cleaning and the occasional use of Wrinkle Paste, you can keep your pup's eyes clean and free of stains.

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