How to Clean French Bulldog Tear Stains

By Britt Kascjak

Your French Bulldog’s tear stains are naturally occurring reddish-brown stains under the eyes. While these are often nothing to worry about, you may want to clean them up to keep your French Bulldog looking white-faced and fresh. This can be done easily using a vet-recommended cleaning product.

What Are Tear Stains?

Tear stains are a staining of the fur caused by different substances in your French Bulldog’s tears.

The most common reason is the presence of a compound called porphyrin in the tears. This is a by-product of red blood cells and can stain light-colored fur red, brown, or pink.

But, they can also be a sign of other substances in and around your French Bulldog’s eyes.

If your French Bulldog is suffering from allergies or blocked tear ducts, this can lead to staining of the fur in that area.

It can also reveal deeper concerns including the quality of your French Bulldog’s food or water, or other eye-related problems.

If your French Bulldog hasn’t displayed tear stains before and suddenly develops them, call your vet. They will be able to run some tests to determine the root cause.

Understanding the cause is key to preventing these stains.

How to Clean French Bulldog Tear Stains

The best way to tear stains from your French Bulldog’s face is by using a vet-approved cleaner.

These are available in a couple of different forms, depending on what you find easiest. This includes both an eye rinse or cleanser as well as a convenient eye wipe.

Both products are easy on your French Bulldog’s eyes and safe to use for dogs of all ages.

They remove any dirt, germs, bacteria, and other particles that may be found around the eyes. Simply follow the directions on the package to gently wipe the stain away. 

Preventing Tear Stains from Happening

After putting some time into cleaning up your French Bulldog’s tear stains, there are things you can do to avoid them in the future.

Daily Hygiene

Take some time each day to clean under the eye area with an eye wash wipe or cleanser, even if there are no tear stains. This will help to keep the area clean and avoid eye irritation that could cause the eyes to tear up.

Reassess Food and Water Quality

Take a look at your French Bulldog’s regular diet and the water he is drinking lately. Inferior-quality foods and excess minerals in the water can lead to tear stains.

Make sure your French Bulldog is on a high-quality diet. Consider talking to your veterinarian or a nutritionist if you’re unsure.

Reverse-osmosis filtration is a great solution to removing minerals from the water.

After all, drinking water with excess minerals will have an impact on more than just tear stains. It could affect the whole family.

Consider Supplements

There are supplements on the market formulated to improve your French Bulldog’s eye health.

Not only does this help to maintain sight as your French Bulldog ages, but it can also help reduce weepy eyes. As a result, you will experience less tear staining.

Combined with a high-quality food and daily hygiene, you are sure to see a difference!

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.