Hello ev1! We've had our sihchon for over a month now.hes great, we love him to death. They are really great dogs! I have a ?, his eyes seem to get yucky, tear staining is it called? Was wondering good tips for it? The vet says just clean it w/ a non alcoholic wipe. But that doesn't seem to work much or a fine tooth comb. I hear using a toothbrush to brush his fur there. But that doens'nt help much either, Any great tips for a newbie I relly appreciate it. yes hes been to a groomer and she did a great job cleaning him up=).... thanks!!
I have a shih-tzu x bichon and she has the tear stains as well. I wipe her eyes with a warm washcloth every time her eyes secrete. This is the only thing that seems to work. The other stuff you can get in the pet stores seem to make it worse. I also find that food affects the stains as well and that a food allergy can be a factor. When I changed her from Eagle Pack Chicken and Rice to Merrick, her tear stains worsened. Then I changed her to Innova and they are considerably better. I also trim the hair around her eyes to prevent infection. I've read about Angel eyes which you put in your dog's food. You can order it online. I've never tried it but it's worth a try. I think it's made with liver. One thing you can also do is put a little vaseline to prevent the hair from absorbing the secretions and then wipe the stains off. Furthermore, it could be the water in your area, it may have iron? When iron comes in contact with oxygen, it turns red when oxidated. Good luck, let me know if you find something that works!
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
We aren't exactly sure what kind of dog he is because he is from the humane society. They said chihuahua/Italian greyhound. I think maybe chi/rat terrier.
I've tried A LOT of foods with Bode because he's very picky! But most recently before EVO, I fed him Eukanuba small breed senior, and then Timberwolf Organics. I think what might have made the difference was going grain-free. The tear stains were largely gone when he was on the Timberwolf, but I was not happy with certain inconsistencies with the food so I switched to EVO.
He used to have a lot of nasty orange eye stains. Now his eyes still run, probably always will since he's got chi eyes, but the goop is clear and the amount is less than before. I still wipe his face daily because seems to enjoy it.
We switched to grain-free food (first Timberwolf, then EVO) because I read that low-carb is better as a "cancer diet." He had a mast cell tumor removed a few years ago and it returned at the surgical site, so I was looking for a non-invasive way to slow its growth.
He did not gain weight at all. He's always been on the thin side, and a picky eater. In the AM he gets about 1/4 can wet food, right now Wellness, and then I free feed 1/2 cup of EVO but he does not always finish it.
I have heard that some dogs get..well..flatulence problems on EVO. But I've never heard of weight gain, because with these high protein/fat diets you feed less.
My experience with grain-free food has been it's more palatable, he's more energetic (he's 10 years old), he stayed thin, his tearstains resolved. He did not have gas issues. His coat looks great but lately his skin is a little dry, so I've been supplementing with extra omega-3.
Another great thing about EVO is the kibble size is very small--something to keep in mind if you have a toy-sized dog.