The Secret to a Whiter Coat: Hints & Tips

Jack Russel with stained eyes

When you own a white dog, you may find yourself constantly wondering how to keep their white fur clean. If you feel like you’re constantly battling muddy puddles and tear and saliva stains, then you’ve come to the right place. At Groomers, we want to make it super easy to keep your white dog looking really clean, so we’ve put together this handy guide packed with shampoos, home remedies and every day hacks to help you keep your white dog gleaming from nose to tail!

How do I get my dog’s fur white again?

Bichon Frise in the bath

Whitening shampoo for dogs

Using a whitening shampoo for dogs, such as Groomers Blue Pearl Coat Enhancer, is a great way to brighten and enhance your white dog’s fur. Carefully formulated and designed specifically for the removal of stains from white coats, it enhances the animal’s natural coat colour and contains a brightening formula built to counteract any visible yellow tinges. For tough stains, such as tear and saliva stains, the formula can be used neat and left to soak into the hair for a few minutes before rinsing. 

Follow up with a good quality conditioner

Follow up with a good quality conditioner after shampooing to optimise the health of the coat and make it less porous, brittle, and prone to staining. Then, eradicate any chance of skin irritation by rinsing your dog thoroughly after bathing. White dogs in particular can suffer from dull looking fur caused by product residue which can simply be solved with a good rinse!

How do you get rid of tear stains on white dogs?

Tear stains can be a real problem for white dog owners. Dog’s tears and saliva contain porphyrins (groups of organic compounds that occur in nature such as heme in red blood cells) which can stain light fur pink, red or brown. A great way to treat tear stains on white coats is to use a stain remover specifically designed for the eye area, such as Artero Pretty Eyes or Eye Envy’s Foaming Tear Stain Remover. Remember to work very carefully around your dog’s eye area, avoiding contact with the eyeball.

Another great way to combat tear staining is to keep the eye area as dry as possible, as dampness from the tear ducts can attract bacteria and enhance staining. If tear stains are a regular occurrence, it is a good idea to get your pet checked by a vet, as there could be a tear duct infection or a blockage. Tear stain problems could also be the result of dietary issues. In this case, try a tear stain removal powder such as Eye Envy, made from a blend of herbs providing essential vitamins and minerals to help cleanse and boost your dog’s immune system for healthier, happier eyes.

What home remedy can I use to clean my dog’s tear stains?

If you haven’t got access to the eye products we’ve mentioned, using baking soda to whiten fur is a tried and tested home remedy which helps to remove red and brown stains safely, without causing any damage to the eye or eye area. Suitable for use on most skin and fur types too, it can be added to bathwater, or mixed into a paste and applied directly to any stains. For best results, leave the mixture to soak for a while before rinsing. To prevent further staining, keep the fur around the eyes, feet and mouth trimmed to a short length.

There are a few other home remedies that can help with your dog’s tear stains:-

  • Adding a teaspoon of distilled apple cider vinegar or white vinegar daily to your dog’s water is a great way to reduce and prevent staining. The acidity of the vinegar will increase the acidity of your dog’s pH level which is known to reduce staining and prevent yeast and bacteria infections.
  • Soaking a cotton pad into a heavily water-diluted hydrogen peroxide mix (of around one part hydrogen peroxide to ten parts water) and applying it carefully to the stained area is another great home remedy for removing stains. It’s extremely important to take time with this and avoid contact with the eyes. If your dog is a known wriggler, using a baking soda solution may be a safer option.

Can you use hydrogen peroxide to whiten fur?

Dog wearing a cone collar

Another home remedy commonly favoured to remove stains from white dog fur involves mixing hydrogen peroxide with cornstarch to create a mild bleaching solution to lift stains. Mix equal parts milk of magnesia, cornstarch and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste (a teaspoon of each should be enough for a smaller dog, but add more in equal parts for larger breeds). Rub the paste onto your dog’s stained areas and leave to set for a few hours, using a cone collar to prevent your dog from licking.  Once dry, comb out the paste which should carefully lift the stains and leave your four-legged friend looking whiter than white. Always take care when applying anything to the eye area and if in any doubt, consult your vet.

How do you remove brown stains from white dog fur?

Fluffy white puppy

Hopefully by now, you should be armed with all of our tips and tricks to keep your white dog’s coat in perfect condition all year round. By combining a whitening shampoo for dogs with a good quality conditioner and following up with our recommended stain removers or simple home remedies, you should find it much easier to keep your four-legged friend completely free of brown stains for brilliant, bright white fur. Always take care when using new grooming products on your dog and if in doubt, contact your vet or groomer for professional advice before applying anything to their fur.

Take a look below to see which products we recommend for a whiter coat

  • Eye Envy Tear Stain Removal Powder

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