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My dog does not have bad ones by any means but slight tear stains in the corners that seem to slowing be getting bigger. How do you all handle tear stains. Does anyone use a supplement to combat the issue such as "Angel Eyes, or "NaturVet Tear Stain Powder"? thanks for the help
 

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You may want to get your dog's eyes checked by your vet or a veterinary ophthalmologist to find out if there is an ophthalmologic condition causing it. Distichiasis (extra eyelashes) and ectopic cilia are extremely common in goldens and can cause tearing. Both can be surgically corrected. I would just want to be sure that it isn't one of those things causing the tearing.
 
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We brought her in about a month ago because she was getting yellow goop in her eye, I think it was just allergies. Anyway the Vet just gave her some drops. Would the vet have noticed something such as the two conditions you mentioned during that exam?
 

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Beamer had a blocked tear duct in his left eye for almost 3 months and then he finally outgrew it. We tried unblocking it, medication, and eye ointment and nothing worked except time.
 

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We brought her in about a month ago because she was getting yellow goop in her eye, I think it was just allergies. Anyway the Vet just gave her some drops. Would the vet have noticed something such as the two conditions you mentioned during that exam?
A regular vet would most likely not have been able to detect something like distichiasis or ectopic cilia. Tyson had distichiasis in is right upper eyelid and had some tearing when he was a puppy that our regular vet was never able to detect. We then took him to a CERF clinic to see an ophthalmologist, where they have the equipment to be able to detect those types of conditions. He had cryotherapy to remove the extra lashes and hasn't had any tearing since. It would probably be a good idea to find a local CERF clinic to get it checked out.
 
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If it continues and your pup squints, see a specialist (ophthalmologist) for an evaluation. Did the yellow goop go away? That's a possible sign of infection.

We are dealing with tear stains with Toby but it's from his eye drops. We had the vet tech at the ophthalmology clinic show us how to clean them this morning. I've been nervous about doing it since his surgery.
 

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It's worth a trip to the ophthalmologist. Small distichias are hard to see. There's also a condition where the tear ducts are malformed or get blocked, and that can cause extra tearing. Regular tear stains are not typical in Goldens, and a number of eye conditions are, so I'd want to rule out anything harmful.
 

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My guy went through something similar when he was the same age. We had our vet look at it for any obvious issues (conjunctivitis, etc). Our vet felt his eyelids might be loose or sag when he's tired and that will expose his eyes to allergens. As far as ingrown eye hairs or whatnot, they would not even speculate but were ready to set us up with a specialist if we wanted to pursue.

We did see a specialist who was recommended by somebody here on GRF. And he didn't see any problems with my guy's eyes other than obvious allergies.

My rec is to talk to your vet and if the tearing is really bad get in with a specialist. It's worth the additional expense. If your dog's eyelids are rolling in or out or hairs are scratching the eyes, you want to discuss this with a specialist.

If you are just dealing with allergies, you need to have clear saline drops. You can buy these over the counter.

And then you also need to something to clear up the staining and keep the fur around your dog's eyes clean. I've been using "eye envy" for my guy and really like the product.
 

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after looking at pictures of a lot of your dogs, yours tippykayaks and others, I think i may be overreacting. A lot seem to have a bit of blackish stain in the corner of their eyes. I'm thinking that there is no way to avoid that small of an amount. I may take a picture when i get home and upload it to get all of your opinions
 
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