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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

6/4/2013 3:52:39 AM

Very, very interesting!

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Julie   Hilton Head Island, SC

3/2/2012 1:43:47 AM

Kathy from MD...wow thanks so much!! My little guy Camo is a mini Schnauzer, not the familiar black/gray color but the white/dirty white-gray color. He began licking his feet about 6 months ago, our vet said to switch foods, so I feed all of my dogs Blue Buffalo Wilderness now. It was great for one month, Camo lost weight and stopped the incessant licking. When I took him back to our vet because he started licking again, and had red fur rimming his eyes, the vet said he is licking due to separation anxiety and wanted to medicate him with Xanax (wtf?) which would be a plausible theory if he were ever alone. I am a housewife so he is never alone. I'm not trashing our vet, he's a kind and decent man who clearly loves animals, but he sometimes doesn't seem to listen to me, like maybe he's already made the diagnosis and cannot accept any information that doesn't support his ideas. I will have his glucose levels checked ASAP now thanks to your post :) Lord knows I don't want him to have diabetes, but if he does my first priority is getting it under control and getting him healthy. Thanks again!

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

7/2/2011 5:15:59 AM

good article, thanks

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Kathy   Woodbine, MD

9/6/2010 10:41:40 AM

Several yrs ago - my Mini Schnauzer developed diabetes - prior to diagnoses, he developed red stains around his eyes & mouth. After getting his sugar under control - the red stain around his eyes disappeared, but he would still get red stains around his mouth & on his feet from licking them. Because the FDA pulled Vetsulin off the market - we had to switch to a human insulin. Kirby has been on human insulin for 2 months now & ALL red stains are gone AND he no longer licks his feet. No matter what anyone tells you - if your dog suddenly starts with red stains around eye/mouth or feet- have his sugar check. Yeast feeds on sugar & it may be an indication that his sugar level is too high. I mentioned the appearance of the first red stains before Kirby was diagnosed with diabetes - then again AFTER- asking the vet if there could be a connection & was told no. (although the red eye stains went away once his sugar level when down) Now that he has switched to human insulin, his glocose readings are even better then when he was on the Vetsulin - the red stains on his mouth and his feet are completely gone (with no diet change or additives)- SO - I KNOW there is a connection.

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Elizabeth   Torrance, CA

7/21/2009 9:29:45 AM

There are a few comments in your article that need
clarification.

You say: That said, the best solution I have found for facial stains in dogs is a product called Angels’ Eyes. I am not a chemist, but somehow it ties up the circulating compounds in the pet’s system that react with light to produce those ugly stains. In other words, it changes his
chemistry.

The real answer is that AE's contains an antibiotic called Tylan, which is FDA approved for chicken/swine, but NOT FDA approved for dogs/cats. It does not change the chemistry in your dog's body, but rather runs an antibiotic through their system, causing their tears to be loaded with antibiotic, therefore helping the bacteria stain go
away.

When a dog tears, the area beneath the eyes remains wet. This wetness makes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. When you add in additional factors, such as beet pulp, minerals from H2O, flea dirt, etc., into this wetness, you get an ugly bacterial stain that often smells because it is growing bacteria (or yeast).


There is a lot of controversy behind AEs and it was recently seized of shelfs in the UK (www.vmd.gov.uk/Publications/MAVIS/Full/mavis66. pdf). The problem with having your pet ingest a DAILY dosage of antibiotics, is that it's system may become immune to antibiotics, therefore when your pet becomes ill, they will not work. Also, you need to check with your Vet on any allergies, weight issues, and complications with other meds. Would you give your child a daily dose of
antibiotics

2). You say: I would also recommend using a whitening shampoo to wash his face – and his whole body while you’re at it!


Most whitening shampoo and/or facial treatments may contain whitening agents such as: bleach, bluing, brighteners, blueberry extract, etc. When these treatments are initially used, they may clean or lighten the stains, but unfortunately, the next time the area stains, the stains set. Dog hair is like human hair. If we bleach it, the next time we color our hair, it soaks in the hair shaft and sets. The hair shaft is now ruined, which will mean that you will have to cut the hair or wait till it grows
out.

3). You say: The company also makes a cleaning kit called Eye Envy that contains liquid, powder, and pads for follow-up
care.

Eye Envy and AE are 2 totally different companies/products. EE is a TOPICAL stain remover that contains no antibiotics, bleach or peroxide. What EE does is that it works on removing the bacteria infection caused by the tear stains. It needs to be applied daily UNTIL the stains are gone. This process can take a few days or a few weeks.


It's nice that you're educating people on how to deal with these horrible stains, but it's best if people know all the facts.

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