How to Get Eye Stains Off of Maltese Dogs

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Things You'll Need

  • Small clipper

  • Ophthalmic antibiotic ointment (optional)

  • Cotton ball or gauze pad

  • Tear-stain removal product or 1 tablespoon boric acid and one cup water


When applying whitening treatments around the eye area, be careful not to get the product into the eye. It may be helpful to apply a veterinary ophthalmic ointment to the eye before to protect the eye before applying the whitening product.

See your veterinarian if you cannot correct the problem. Some dogs are born with an abnormal drainage system or the eyelid may turn inward and block tear drainage. It may be possible to surgically correct these conditions. Inflammation of the tear ducts or corneal ulcers may also cause excessive tear production and need to be addressed by a veterinarian.


You should be especially careful when clipping hair around the dog’s eyes. It is better to use a small clipper rather than a scissors, which could poke the eye. You can also take the dog to a pet grooming shop for regular clipping around the eyes.

Keeping eye stains off of Maltese dogs requires frequent trimming and cleaning around the eyes.

Many light-colored, small dogs, especially the Maltese, often develop brownish stains around the eyes. This is a common cosmetic problem caused by an overflow of tears onto the area around the eyes. The brownish color is caused when bacteria on the face interact with the tears. The cause is often due to blocked tear ducts. Miniature breeds like the Maltese often have prominent eyes that stretch the drainage system, resulting in blocked tear ducts that do not drain out the nose but instead collect under the eyes. The brownish spots are especially noticeable against the white coat of the Maltese.

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Step 1

Examine the dog's eyes and try to determine the cause of excessive tears. Allergies, foreign objects, ulcers and medical conditions such as abnormal tear ducts can cause excessive tear production. If you suspect a medical condition is the cause, take the dog to a veterinarian.

Step 2

Clip any long hairs around the dog's eyes. These hairs easily become matted and can lead to skin irritation and possibly infection. Clean the eye area thoroughly, removing any crusty material with a clean towel. If you see a skin lesion, clip the hair closer and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to the area. See your veterinarian if the lesion appears infected.


Step 3

Rub a cotton ball or gauze pad soaked in a tear-stain cleaning product formulated for dogs onto the eye area, being careful not to rub any product into the eye. Flush the eye area with warm water after application of the product. You can also make your own cleanser by mixing one tablespoon of boric acid into one cup of boiling water, mix well, let it cool to lukewarm and apply with a cotton ball or gauze pad.