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My 10-week-old ASD, who's a nice apricot as you can tell from my avatar, has reddish/maroon tearstaining on her face, and I don't know how to safely get rid of it. Has anyone had to deal with this?

I noticed her runny eyes in the photos the breeder provided when she was about 6 weeks and mentioned them to her -- she said her eyes were watery, but that a couple puppies in her last litter had it, too, but grew out of it around 8 weeks. She then had the eyes checked at her vet when the puppy was 8 weeks, who looked at them and flushed them and said they were fine. When I picked the puppy up, the breeder pointed out that the puppy's eyes are no longer teary, and that she just has "darker fur" around her eyes. I thought it was tearstaining but didn't say anything because her eyes were dry and plus, I didn't want to make a big deal out of it. Then my vet mentioned that it's tearstaining and told me that maybe I should trim the hair around her eyes since that could be irritating them and causing some "eye boogers", so I did. Still, she has a bit of goop sometimes, but no real runniness. I'm wondering if the stains are from before, when her eyes were really watery, and I just need to figure out how to get rid of them, or if they would have gone away by now if the runniness is really gone (and I just haven't noticed).

Anyone been through this? Do you have any product recommendations? Is it normal to get some eye goop? She looks so adorable except for these reddish smears. Even my friend's 10-year-old mentioned them so they're pretty noticeable. I just want to get rid of them, but safely.
 

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Both of our Australian Labradoodles had the goop when they were young puppies but have both out grown it. The vet might suggest flushing out his tear ducts in case there is a blockage (which we had done on Rusty while he was having his Penn Hip done). His eyes still gooped until about 20 wks.

There is special tear stain removers on the market. We have Aristopet and Petkin range here in Australia but I am sure there would be many more available in the States. A search in google brings up Diamond Eye and Angel Eyes.
 

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The solution to this problem based on my own experience is to switch to distilled water. Within two months the eyes cleared up and remain stain free. Worked for our cat too!
 

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I think they call it Angel eyes. The staining anyway. Google Angel Eye to find out more about it. I have read that 2t.Apple Cider Vinegar daily in their food would fix it. It's a Poodle thing.
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