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Tear Staining On The Face

Tear Staining On The Face

A condition caused by excessive tearing and eye discharge that might irritate the eye of the pet. Tear staining on the face in pets is known as epiphora and is common in many toy breeds of dogs and some cats such as Persians and Himilayans. It is typically caused due to excessive tear formation, which is often a genetic condition. However, other issues that can cause tear staining on the face of cats and dogs include insufficient tear drainage and irritation caused by such things as dust/debris, infections or injuries.

How to Recognize

Tear staining on the face appears as wetness or dampness under the eyes.

Causes of Tear Staining On The Face

Tear staining can be caused by irritation in the eyes, ineffective tear drainage, an eye infection, glaucoma, or injury.


Cat breeds such as Persians and Himalayans and dogs including Shih-tzus, Maltese, pugs, and other short-nosed breeds are more likely to have tear stains.

Treatment for Tear Staining On The Face

Not all causes require treatment. Talk to your veterinarian to see if treatment is necessary for your pet.

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