Some tearing is normal. Sometimes hair can poke into their eyes. If you are careful you can trim a bit around the eyes if there is long hairs irritating him. My vets neuter at 6 months. If he is tiny ask the vet about the gas VS injectable meds when he gets neutered. Yorkies can sometimes be sensitive to the meds that put them under and have a harder time waking up. Welcome to TP.
Tearing in yorkies and maltese is very common - I asked my vet about this and he said their tear ducts are too small for the amount of tears they produce. If the tearing on the face is not kept dry, it will stain the hair (I'm sure you've seen the reddish stain on some dog's faces?). This is caused by bacteria that grows in the "damp" hair. The best way to maintain a clear, dry, non-stained face is to use a product that is made particularly for staining from tears. I'm not sure I can mention the product I use on this forum (against rules?) so I won't mention it (unless one of the moderators tells me I can). Many pet stores carry products for eye staining but I've tried most of them and they don't work. The product I use I have to order over the internet. Anyway, it's a two step process - first you wipe under the eye with the liquid, using a cotton ball, then you "back brush" the white powder onto the damp hair. The liquid kills the bacteria which causes the staining and the powder keeps the area dry. I use this once a week on Angel (she's a yorkie/maltese mix) and it works wonderfully. Note: Once opened, the liquid must be kept refrigerated as it has an antibacterial in it). Hope this helps.
Momtoangel I have the same problem with my Pups eyes. I actually wipes her eyes down every day, sometimes even twice. Can you please tell me the name of the product you use? I don't think it's against the rules... Thanks
Girlzpuppy: Sorry to take so long to get back to you...I've been in FL for three weeks and was probably in the air when you wrote - and I'm just now getting back on this site. Anyway, I hope you're right about me being able to post the product I use on Angel!! It's called Eye Envy Tear Stain Remover. It's a liquid and is sold in different size bottles. After opening, you must keep it refrigerated. You squeeze a small amount on a cotton ball and gently wipe under your dog's eyes where the staining appears. Then you follow up with the Eye Envy white drying powder (again, comes in different sizes). The best way to apply the powder is to "back brush" it onto the hair under the eyes and on the face (be careful not to get any of these products in the dog's eyes.) A tiny toothbrush is good to use - just dip the brush into the powder and back brush the hair. When I say "back brush", what I mean is instead of brushing down on the hair the way it grows, brush it in the opposite direction in small strokes. It may take a few applications to get the staining to go away altogether, but you will see a difference after the first application! Like I said in my other post, I have tried other eye staining products from pet stores and none of them worked. Eye Envy products can be purchased from their website - just do a search for Eye Envy and you will find their site. Hope this helps - please let us all know if you try the product and how it worked for you. It has worked wonders for Angel!! P.S. I have heard that instead of using the Eye Envy white powder, that corn starch works just as well. I have never tried the corn starch, so would be interested to know if anyone has and how it works. The important thing in preventing staining is keeping the area DRY. When the hair stays wet or damp, that's when the bacteria grows in the hair and that's what causes the staining.
momtoangel, Thanks so much for responding back and I hope you had a good time in FL. I got woken up this morning by the sonic boom of the space shuttle here in Calif. Scared me to death! I have a Yorkie-Maltese mix too and she's 16 weeks old today. We had her for about 5 weeks and we love her to death. I'm going to go online and try to find that powder now. I think you said it's a 2 step process, so I'll let you know what I find & how well it works... Thanks a bunch!
Yes, please tell me how it works for you. You have a yorkie/maltese too??? How exciting! They are precious. Angel is 2 and a little ball of fire. I have spoiled her rotten - even right down to hand feeding her for 2 years! OMG - I hate to admit that, but I started it when she was a baby and she wouldn't eat unless I hand fed her piece by piece! But....the good news is...while I was away for 3 weeks, my husband got her to eat out of her dish and now she's a big girl and eats all by herself! I could NOT believe it when he told me this over the phone, but when I got home, sure enough...she's got her head right in that bowl and eats every crumb!!