breed

Q. Infection in gums causing Brown drainage from eyes and stained fur where ever he bites. Antibiotics were used to clear it up a year ago.

A. It's kind of unlikely that an infection in the gums is causing brown drainage in the eyes. There is a substance called porphyrin that's in both tears and saliva. When white dogs like Bichons have excessive tearing, their fur is often stained under their eyes. You'll see the same thing if they lick themselves excessively.

As far as the tear staining goes sometimes it's effective to try to open up the tear ducts with a canula (a hollow needle) while under anesthesia. This prevents the tears from spilling onto the fur. There's also a product called Angel Eyes that contains low doses of the antibiotic metronidazole, and for some reason that seems to decrease tear staining as well.

As for the chewing you need to talk to your vet about why he's chewing - he may have fleas, mites/mange, or allergies.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Was this helpful?


Related Questions

Related Articles


Aggression in Dogs Toward Familiar People

Dominance, Fear, or Predatory Aggression in Dogs While some consider aggression to be normal behavior in dogs, it can be impulsive, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Aggressive behavior includes growling, lip lifting, barking, snapping,...

Read More
When Your Dog is Overly Aggressive Towards Other Dogs

Interdog Aggression in Dogs Inter-dog aggression occurs when a dog is overly aggressive towards dogs in the same household or unfamiliar dogs. This behavior is often considered normal, but some dogs can become excessively aggressive...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading