When do I trim dog's hair and is angle eyes safe?

My puppy is 5 months old. When should I take him to trim his hair?


Also, I have been using this product (angel eyes) for almost 1.5 months. The dark spots are gone, but I am more concerned about the long term side effects of using this product (it contains mild antibiotic). Is there a safer solution to this problem: how to keep his coat white?

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Nov 29, 2011
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Puppy Cut
by: Anonymous

If you want your new Coton to have the traditional long coat for the breed, then you do NOT want a puppy cut. A puppy cut is a short haircut to keep the coat more managageable.

Nov 28, 2011
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Puppy cut?
by: Anonymous

I am a new owner of a Coton. What do people mean that say "puppy cut"? I am taking my 5 month old Coton in for his first puppy grooming session. The groomer has worked with Cotons. I just don't want him to be trimmed too short. Would someone clarify for me.

Nov 17, 2011
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angel eyes
by: SHERRY/COTTON

I had used angel eyes on cotton for several months and her eyes and hair were perfect. i could find no negative effects on internet
about this product. however, she quit eating her c'nd food that i was putting it in. i tried the chicken and beef flavored and she hated both. it has been weeks since she has had any and her tear stains are coming back. i had been washing her face daily with baby shampoo and that was working for awhile. i have tried rolling it in cheese, p'nut butter and everything i could think of but she knew it was there and would not touch it. i will try distilled water.

i agree that you need to start grooming early. daily brushing even for a few minutes is a great way to calm them and get them used
to it. cotton was a nightmare to brush until i was told about chris
christensen brushes, pricey but well worth it!!!

Nov 17, 2011
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Hair and eyes
by: Gale

I would recommend taking your dog for a haircut as early as possible so he gets used to it. At 5 months, he's definitely ready.

Also, tear stains are common in puppies but many dogs stop staining as adults. The best thing you can do is prevent staining to begin with so no products are needed. There's a lot of good advice on this site from people who have had success with things like distilled water, change in diet, and specific cleaning methods.

(I'm going to move this question so it's in with all the other tear staining questions and answers so you can see the advice of others. Just make sure to click on the comments to see the advice).

Nov 17, 2011
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Trim and eyes
by: Margie

Hi! I got my Coton groomed for the 1st time after 7 months. Now I get him a puppy cut every 9-10weeks, so cute. Angle eyes works but so does distilled water. I started giving him distilled water and the stains went away.

Nov 16, 2011
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yogurt instead of angel eyes!!!
by: Mary V.

A local dog shop told me that instead of Angel Eyes, give the dogs a teaspoon of yogurt a day. It has the same effect and is much healthier. Sure enough, my dogs love the yogurt and their eyes don't run as much or get the big eye boogers!!! They only problem is they have difficulty eating off a spoon!!! It is quite humorous!!!

Nov 16, 2011
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Triming and Angel Eyes
by: Julie & Maddie

I used Angel Eyes on my Coton for quite some time. She had no side effects and I adjusted the amount each week or so. Finially took her off it completly. She has no problems with darkness around her eyes. She is 2 yrs old. Hasn't had any for over a year. I trim her bangs and feet and belly but prefer to keep her shaggy pretty hair. They are so cute & sweet! Just have to brush about every day or so. She has had 3 trims at groomers now. Have fun

Nov 16, 2011
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Re: Angel Eyes
by: Michelle

I have used angel eyes on my Coton/Maltese mix. It does work BUT, I had to stop after 3 weeks of use and change the amount and frequency of its use. After 3 weeks of using per the bottle's instructions, I noticed that her eyes were really starting to dry out on the top and bottom eyelids and that the black that outline her eyeslids was starting to turn pink also that she was really rubbing/itching them. I stopped the angel eyes until her eyes did clear up to and the black came back to her lids. I only give her 1/4 tsp once to twice a week now.

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What is the best way to remove tear stains on my Coton de Tulear?

by Ron

What is the best way to remove or prevent tear stains or discoloration on white hair on face of coton de tulear? The stains are below the eyes...Do certain foods either add or subtract from this??

What cleansing agents can safely be used?? Will certain vitamins help this?

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Apr 20, 2016
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Big Brown stain NEW
by: Anonymous

My caton has this brown stain around the hair of her butt tried shampoo nothing seems to work for her does anybody what I can do to remove the stain from her pure white coat joe

Nov 15, 2011
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Tear Stains
by: Greg

We have started using Science Diet food and Angel Eyes.....we have had no more staining at all....Angel Eyes is a great product, although very hesitent at first, we ordered 1 small bottle just to try. WINNING....ordered 6 more bottles and still add 1 teaspoon to Rudy's food daily......hope this helps....

Sep 06, 2011
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RIP OFF
by: Anonymous

Yes Bichon Hotel copied a paste made by Aromacare Natural products then added non holistic acids to it to sell to the unsuspecting pet buying public. In fact the sales they said were from The Makers of Angels Delight they started to weaken the products to maximise profits. Sadly Aromacare Natural Products gave 10% of all sales to the AHT by doing what they did Bichon Hotel have stopped the UKs most vulnerable doggies needing eye treatment gaining access to such treatments.
These people are NOT qualified to manufacture any pet pr human product and have been re labelling products they buy in to rip you buyers off......

Feb 24, 2011
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safe and natural Tear stain removers
by: Anonymous

Grains used in lower quality foods can lead to more tears being produced- apparently many dogs are intolerant to grains. A better quality food may help to reduce the problem.

Not sure if any particular vitamins will work in isolation but there are tear stain supplements that use antioxidants and vitamins to oxidise the iron in the body before they oxidise in the tears and provide "fuel" for the skin bacteria.

My boys are on Angels Delight by Bichon Hotel (UK) but an American version is NaturVet tear stain supplement.

Both take about a month to stop the tear stains.

They aren't cheap when you first start off but they get cheaper as time goes on.

If you want to have a look at them

http://www.naturaldogs.co.uk/store/natural-tear-stain-remover-food-supplement.html

http://bichonhotel.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13

Bichon Hotel do a very good paste for removing the stains but if you are happy to wait for them to grow out you don't need to buy the paste.

Feb 21, 2011
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Coton Tears
by: Gale

Here's a a link to a previous post where others provided some tips. Hope it helps. Also, according to How to Groom a Coton de Tulear The Right Way, a little Vaseline on the corner of the eye can also help prevent staining (but you have to be careful not to get it in the eye).

tips for tear stains

Feb 21, 2011
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eye goopy
by: Iris Miller

I clean Tuffys "goopy eyes" with a cotton pad soaked in warm water, I wet it first by dabbing the water on it, and let it soften then wipe it away. Use a different side or separate cotton pads for each eye.I find if you can keep the hair short around the eyes with round tipped scissors, cut away from not toward the eyes, it is less of an ordeal. Watch out for red colored food and treats, and read labels, look out for beets in the ingredients, that will make red tear stains.

Feb 21, 2011
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STAINS
by: JOYCE

I make sure the area around the eyes are kept short. Seems to work. Good Luck

Feb 21, 2011
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Tear Stain cleaning
by: Mary

I have two cotons and the best way I've found to clean the tear stains is with a cotton ball and warm water or tear stain cleaner. It is a tedious job, however, as I feel like I am cleaning them once a day, but they look so nice without the stains and "eye boogers" as we call them!

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Coton de Tulear Tear Stains

by Adrienne

I've just purchased a 8 month Coton de Tulear whose name is Truffle. I was wondering what the best product would be to eliminate the stain from runny eyes. Someone told me this breed is prone to eye problems. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

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Jul 22, 2015
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probiotics NEW
by: Buffy marie

I had heard that high quality probiotics work. My little Beau began developing tear stains, and like many of you, I tried countless products.

This one works: Miracle Dog Probiotic, made by Nusentia. Of course, its not instant, but I've been trimming the stains as they've grown out, along with using Bausch and Lomb's Advanced Eye Relief, in the eyes and on the stains. I am seeing improvement. When he's cleared up, I'll send some before and after pictures.

Feb 23, 2014
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Envy NEW
by: Anonymous

My breeder recommended using eye envy. I have a Coton puppy and we have the staining and eye boogers. I decided to use something external first. I'll let you know how it works!

Feb 23, 2014
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Envy NEW
by: Anonymous

My breeder recommended using eye envy. I have a Coton puppy and we have the staining and eye boogers. I decided to use something external first. I'll let you know how it works!

Nov 15, 2011
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Tear stains
by: Anonymous

I purchased a product called "Angel Eyes" it works great and they love the taste. You just sprinkle it on the dog food and my 3 year old coton's have beautiful eyes.

Nov 15, 2011
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TEAR STAINS
by: Linda A.

My baby boy Dino is 14 mos.old and has more stain on the left eye.I used Angel Eyes on my first coton and it worked;it is expensive.I heard about distilled water but did not try it yet-interesting to learn about the beet color in their food;I only feed him grain free food and treats (Taste of the Wild) and will check if it contains beet color.My first coton had cherry eye and did have surgery to correct it while getting spayed.Luv my Dino boy

Oct 24, 2011
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Distilled Water
by: Anonymous

When folks say use distilled water for tear stains do they mean to use it as a cleanser, or for her to drink?

Sep 15, 2011
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Tear Stains on a Coton
by: Bonnie

I have a 8 month old Coton de Tulear who also has tear stains. I have tried all of the tear stain removers and none of them have removed the stains. One of my friends has a white dog and her vet told her to only feed her dog food with no grains in it and to never feed the dog anything with grains. I have changed my dog's food to Wellness, no grains. It has only been two weeks, but so far I don't see a difference. My friend told me it took approximately one month for her dog's eyes to clear up, so I am still hoping. I have cut the hair around her eyes as short as possible. I am afraid to wash the area with peroxide because I don't want to hurt her eyes. Tear stains or not, I love this breed and if I have to get used to stains, I will.

Jul 21, 2011
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Cherry Eye
by: chloeclaire

I'm hoping someone can direct me in the right direction. We got our puppy a week ago... she is 3 months old, a beautiful Coton. But when we woke up this morning I seen that there was something wrong with her eye! It is very concerning, after researching online I have found that this is cherry eye.

I want to know what I can do, how to prevent, and what exactly is this from?

Our vet is not in today but after reading online I really don't want to see her have to have surgery.

Also, since we got her I have noticed alot of tear stains and I have been washing her face daily. Is this another sign of something else?

We love her very much...should I contact the breeder?

Jun 12, 2011
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How to prevent tear stains
by: Anonymous

We have tried Angel Eyes, Tear Stain Supplement and Eye Envy on our 9 month old female Coton de Tulear.

Apr 16, 2011
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distilled water
by: Kathy

Our breeder told us to only us distilled water for Meeka. She has a little staining, but it is not that noticable. Love the breed.

Mar 28, 2011
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tear stains
by: Anonymous

Tear staining is often a result of blockage of the tear duct. Dogs eyes should drain through their nose- when that doesn't happen they eye waters and the tears cause staining. A simple test at the vet will determine if that is the cause of your dog's tear stains. The vet puts some dye in your dogs eye if it doesn't come out through your dog's nose the tube is blocked. You can have your dogs eyes flushed but it's quite expensive because they have to put them under. We had the vet do this when our dog Lucy was spayed. It didn't work. Another vet told me that if you massage near the duct it helps clear the blockage - that didn't work either. A third vet told us that parsley might help. Lucy threw it up. So now I heavily dilute some peroxide in warm water and wash the stains when they get really bad. It lightens them quite a bit - but I wouldn't want to do that very often.

Jan 12, 2011
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EYE STAINING
by: Pamela

I have 2 cotons; one is black/white - mostly black so we don't see eye coloring; the other is white and his name is Henry and eye staining is there; both are groomed every 6 weeks; I wash their faces regularly; I don't care much about the staining. Henry has had two eye operations -- for cherry eye, so I am very careful with their eye area.


Dec 31, 2010
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tear stains
by: Anonymous

Our breeder told us that she used Angel eyes until she used Natures Recipe dog food and that did the trick alone. It has worked for all her dogs for years.

Nov 08, 2010
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Tear Stains
by: Anonymous

We have a Brita Filter and Cooper gets only filtered water. He has never had any staining.

Oct 02, 2010
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I'm using Angel Eyes
by: Karla

I'm currently using "Angel Eyes" (off and on). I don't use a lot - it's pretty expensive. I just sprinkle a little bit on her food. Glad to report she doesn't have any issues eating it. I still see some tear stains, but not as bad as it could be. Maybe if I used it more frequently it would clear them up. When I finish this bottle, I think I'll wait for a bit, then see how it goes. If it gets bad, then I'll know for sure it worked.

Oct 02, 2010
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Tear Stains
by: Kim

I have two Cotons...Belle and Beaux. Beaux is now 10 months old and has had tear problems since we got him. I have heard about dyes in their food or treats may give him allergies or make him tear. Has anyone else heard of this?

Sep 07, 2010
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Tear stains
by: Iris

Yes, I wrote in an earlier discussion about this. I was told at the Vet's office it is from the red beet powder used to color dog food. Check the ingredients on the labels of the food and treats you are giving Truffle. Betcha its got beets in it.
I used a clean cotton pad and luke warm water to wipe away the dried on eye crust and tear stains, then have his groomer (or you) trim the hair very close on his face surrounding the eyes where the stains collect.
good luck
hugs Tuffy and mommy

Sep 07, 2010
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Tear Stain Products
by: Gale

Hi Adrienne

Congratulations on your new Coton, Truffle - what a cute name. I've heard that tear stains are common in white dogs. My dog doesn't have that issue, but I've heard from other visitors that they've had success with products like "8-in-1 Tear Stain Remover Pads" and "Angels Eyes Tear-Stain Eliminator".

Anyone else have any recommendations?

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Coton de Tulear Coat Staining?

by Dianne
(California)

We just rescued our 2 year old Bijoux. She came with stains around mouth and eyes. How can we get rid of these stains?

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Red staining on coton de tulear coat

by Mazzle
(Ann Arbor, MI)

I just got a Coton de Tulear, and his coat seems to have some odd red staining around his mouth and on his extremities. Does anyone have any idea what would cause this?

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Dec 05, 2010
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Itchy paws
by: Iris Miller

P.S. Please be very careful when out for a walk with your Coton, the neighbors have chemical weed and insect treatment done to their lawns and may not gave posted the required pesticide flags to warn you to keep off the grass, or else post only one at a far corner when it is too late, your dog may have already walked on it and sniffed around on it, then any moisture, including their saliva to lick the itchy paws, may re-activate the poisonous chemicals.It is a good idea to rinse off, of at least towel off their paws after being outdoors.It also give you a chance to check between their toe pads for stones and their feet and legs for hitchikers like ticks.

Dec 05, 2010
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red stains on dog hair
by: Iris Miller

Hi, beside the beet root coloring in dog food, (and by the way,tomato is on the no no list of foods for dogs) you might want to review any chemical reactions from grooming products like the coloring in shampoo and other products.Also. cleaning products you use in your home maybe getting picked up on wet paws?

Dec 03, 2010
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Staining
by: Anonymous

I read that the staining is from beets in the food.
I feed my coton a high quality food, however I did notice one of the ingredients is tomato paste..hmmm might explain the discolouration around her chin.

Its important to check the ingredients in the food, alot I have checked have beet pulp.

I'm going to try to find one without red ingredients and see if that solves the issue.

Any other suggestions?

Apr 16, 2010
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Red stains from food
by: Iris Miller

Hi, I was told the red staining around my dog's eyes and mouth was from red beets used to color most dog foods and treats. I wash daily around his eyes and mouth with a cotton pad and lukewarm water. I stopped buying any treats with red color and use only natural freeze dried meat treats and sometimes rawhide knots for Tuffy to chew. He is also on the IAMS small dog dry food which I supplement with a small amount of Natural Balance lamb log. No more red staining.

Nov 14, 2009
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angel eyes
by: Anonymous

try angel eyes it worked for me.

Oct 21, 2009
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Food?
by: Anonymous

Our Coton had the same problem. The vet said it was because he wasn't on a high quality dog food. We switched to Iams and the red went away. Good luck!

Oct 20, 2009
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itchy dog??
by: Anonymous

This happens to my dog when she gets itchy and starts nibbling her paws. I don't know the technical reasons, but somehow her saliva turns her coat reddish purple. If your dog is itching for any reason this may be something to look into.


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