Many people ask me how I keep my Maltese dogs faces so white. The bottom line is that all Maltese have tears and thus have some bit of tear staining. Some have more tear staining than others and its best to rule out a few things first.

The ears, mouth and eyes all need to work in a harmonious manner in order to have clear eyes and help avoid excessive tear staining. When a puppy is cutting its adult teeth it will tend to stain much more than when not. Once its adult teeth are completely in, you should have your Veterinarian check to see if there are any retained baby teeth. If so, you should make an appointment for your Vet to pull the retained baby teeth. Overcrowding or excessive teeth can be detrimental to maintaining good Maltese dental health. Always remember to have your Maltese teeth professionally cleaned by a licensed Veterinarian on a regular basis.

Sometimes a Maltese that has changing hormones or going through heat cycles will have excessive tear staining. It is for the health of your Maltese to spay or neuter your dog at the appropriate age. Please consult with your professional breeder and licensed Veterinarian regarding spay & neuter of your pet.

Ears must be healthy, clean, pink in color (not red or sensitive/hot to the touch) and free from brown or dark debris. If your dog has dark gunk or debris in its ears, you can bet that your Maltese will also have ear stains. Maltese can easily get ear infections or yeast infections due to excessive moisture.. These 2 common issues can contribute to tear staining. A product called Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone is a wonderful product for problematic Maltese ears.

Some Maltese owners choose to use antibiotics in their dogs food or treats. Antibiotics can work wonders on tear staining, but this is not for long term use. Different products on the market for tear staining are Tylan or Angel Eyes. These antibiotics should only be used for 4-6 week periods.

Here are some pictures of how I wrap a ace to keep it dry. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

2 part face wrap

2 part face wrap

Wrap the tear wick first.

Wrap the tear wick first.

Maltese face showing area to wrap. I call the dark area the "tear wick".

Maltese face showing area to wrap. I call the dark area the “tear wick”.

End wraps & cotton squares

End wraps & cotton squares