Many of our adopters (and bichon owners in general) are concerned about tear staining, We take a homeopathic approach and recommend cooking chicken (or beef) livers in quality water (RO, alkaline etc.), cooling the liver then adding the crumbled liver to our pups food once a day. I add baby carrots to the livers when I cook them, as my pups are not great veggie eaters. I also add the broth (at room temp) to uneaten kibble – and it gets happily lapped up by my furkids.
Many people, however, have used off-the-shelf products that purportedly remove the tear stains. We were alarmed when we noticed that the first ingredient in most of those products is an anti-biotic; the second ingredient is usually (you guess it…) liver.
Last year the FDA issued a warning letter for unapproved tear stain removers. Following is what those letters stated:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs. FDA has serious concerns about unapproved animal drugs. Unapproved animal drugs are not reviewed by FDA and may not meet FDA’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness.
These tear stain drug products may be subject to additional enforcement action should the products continue to be marketed, such as seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of the violative products.
Please do not use those products to treat tear staining in bichons. A topical product that you can use, in combination with cooking the liver, is Eye Envy. Many of us have used that product successfully and had good results.