What Causes Fur Stains on the Paws or Mouth Area?

Does your Clean Dog or Cat appear permanently Dirty due to dark or reddish fur stains on their face or paws?

Maybe you’ve tried everything you can think of to get rid of them, but still they persist. By now perhaps you’ve just accepted them as part of your dog’s or cat’s appearance.

But knowing the cause of them might be more important than you think, as it could be a symptom of an underlying health issue or a preventable problem.

First of all, if you know why the areas are stained and what’s causing them, it helps to then be more able to find the correct solution for the problem.

Certain foods or conditions in your dog’s system may cause a chemical reaction which is present in their saliva. It can be ongoing or just occasionally as some types of foods may contribute to this scenario. What happens is that some foods can cause a reaction with your pet’s saliva which leads to these protein stains around the mouth and beard area. Then when they lick themselves between the paws, some of the staining saliva can remain on the fur. In between baths or grooming, it can build up and actually permeate the fur or hair shaft and cause the stain to be difficult if not impossible to remove.

Stains around the eye area often show up as brown or dark colored discharge, otherwise known as boogers, gunk or goop! The eye mucous drainage is often a soft liquid discharge to begin with and can come from excessive tears. That is a common problem known to certain breeds, like poodles or chihuahuas. If left on the fur, it hardens somewhat and can become sticky or crusty and hard to remove without softening it first. You’ll want to use something that is not painful or harmful to your pet. To start with, you can take a warm damp clean cloth or cotton pad and try wetting the gunky area for a minute then gently wiping the are to see if any of the goop comes off. See more tips on this here.

The reddish colored stains are often particularly hard to remove. They can be the result of red food dyes, iron oxide from water or food or supplements which show up around the mouth and beard area from protein deposit in saliva often due to a food allergy. This reddish stain can show up as discharge from the eyes as part of the detoxification process as well.

In these stubborn stain cases, the only thing you can do is trim the fur off as it grows out. It could take as much as two months in some areas. But in the meantime, be sure to find a solution that can halt the staining and prevent future recurrence of the protein build up. Daily application helps speed the process of stain removal and prevention of new staining with its layer of protection on the hair and fur.

And make sure to have your pet checked out with your vet to see if there are underlying causes including food allergies that could be contributing to this. See more information about these causes and solutions by clicking on the PURPLE inked posts throughout this article.

That’s why we’ve come up with our all natural and safe formula to help prevent bacterial growth as it starts fading away the stain and softening any crusty cruddy areas of build up around the mouth, paws or eyes. Your fur baby will start looking better and even getting healthier as you continue patiently applying the tear stain remover for the next several months. If you take comparison pictures once a month, you should start seeing a real difference in the lightening of the fur in the coming months. It will definitely look better faster if you are able to keep safely trimming back the stained fur areas in the meantime and applying the formula to prevent new stains from occurring. 

We’d love to see your before and during and after photos! You are welcome to send them to us here and/or post on our social media pages. Feel free to check out some of the videos and pictures from our current clients on the results they’ve been getting too.

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