Right from the very beginning let us be clear – you never clean the dogs actual eye, only the fur around it and only in a safely advised manner. Dogs with white or light fur, especially those with longer coats, can often present with what are commonly known as tear stains. It is often those dogs with shorter noses, where drainage canals are narrower meaning the tears pool in the eyes and onto the fur rather than nasal drainage. These tears naturally contain porphyrin, a molecule that is reddish brown in colour because it contains iron – all completely natural but more noticeable in white or light fur. Having said that these tears are completely normal do speak with your vet should you be cleaning around your dogs eyes more than once or twice a week. It could be a sign of an infection, allergy or trapped eyelashes. Removing the excess fur around your pets eyes should only be done by a trained groomer as certain breeds require certain degrees of grooming around this area. When cleaning around your dogs eyes be very gentle as the area is delicate. Why not try our Tear Stain and Facial Cleanser. It is a topical gentle water based cleanser to be used as a wiping solution for removing tear and saliva stains from your pets fur. If the debris is really stuck then first apply a warm (not hot) damp washcloth to the area and press down gently then apply the tear stain cleanser. It should wipe away easily.