How To Clean Shih Tzu’s Eyes And Tear Stains

How To Clean Shih Tzu's Eyes And Tear Stains

As you probably may know, the Shih Tzu dog breed has only and just been bred for one thing, and one thing only: to be the best buddy, companion, and family member they can be. And of course, since history, they have been doing their job just perfectly.

This is exactly why it comes a time where humans need to step up their game and reciprocate.

What do we mean by this?

Actually, we are going to shed light on the whole eye grooming and cleaning process a lot of the people don´t know or simply don´t do. Sadly, people get any dog breed that looks cute, and don´t worry about what needs to happen to have the best dog possible. So, in this post we will talk about how to clean Shih Tzu’s eyes and tear stains.

In the case of Shih Tzu´s, coat hygiene is extremely important, as well as their eye hygiene and cleaning. Although there are many ways to keep your dog clean, their eye hygiene is probably one of the most important ones.


Not only is there a high risk of infections but simply because you want your Shih Tzu´s face to look clean from tear stains and be healthy.

How To Clean Shih Tzu’s Eyes

This part is actually pretty simple, but you have to be consistent and invest a little bit of your time into your pet´s grooming.

Step 1

First things first, get yourself a couple of containers in which you can pour some water and some sterile contact solution. Of course, the most neutral thing is baby shampoo and since we want out Shih Tzu to not cry during this cleaning process, you will need this too.

Step 2

In one of the containers, add shampoo and mix it up a little bit. Leave it on the side for a while, and simply use a couple of drops of sterile solution to clean the area under those beautiful Shih Tzu´s eyes by wiping from the eye outward.

Step 3

Now that you have cleaned all of the dirt from under the eye and around, have in mind that you can also use warm water and a soaked cloth to wipe around the tear stains to clean them a bit.

Step 4

One of the last things you should do is use the water mixed with the baby shampoo and again a soaked cloth and use it to clean the eyes more thoroughly.

Step 5

Last but not least is to use the cloth with the clean water without the shampoo and rinse it all out to finish the cleaning and take off any extra shampoo that has been left on the fur.

How To Clean Shih Tzu’s Tear Stains

Let´s dive in to understand better why this happens and how to clean it and possibly even prevent it.

First and foremost, tear stains are a product of watery eyes. This is exactly where you need to pay attention because it will help you prevent it and clean it. Often the Shih Tzu breed is prone to allergies and reactions to some food allergens and artificial coloring.

When you determine what is causing the watery eyes, you are halfway there to prevent it and clean it.

But how do you actually do it?

Like we mentioned, knowing and understanding why this is happening is half of the work. If it is needed, consult your veterinarian and ask for a little bit of help and advice.

1. Find a product that works for your Shih Tzu

Find a product that is safe for your pet and for you to use on it. You must find an effective way and product for doing this.

2. Wipe the eyes

Now that you know what Shih Tzu´s need, we can tell you that you need to wipe your pet´s eyes 2 to 3 times a day. Yeah, sounds like a lot, but your pet will thank you.

Thankfully, you have found a way to do all of this by carefully choosing wipes without chemicals and only made of natural ingredients. So now comes the time where you wipe each eye twice.

3. Pay attention to the color of the stain

This is the part where the previously acquired knowledge about Shih Tzu comes in handy. Understanding the discoloration of the Shih Tzu´s facial hair is going to help you tremendously. We should tell you that the red or rust color indicates a yeast infection, so if this is your case, wipe it again with a product that will help you clean this out. We already know some more powerful powders and liquids do the job.

4. Repeat

Now that you are accustomed to whipping your Shih Tzu´s eyes 2 or 3 times a day, you should make sure this doesn´t continue to happen by continuously using the wipes of your choice and making sure your Shih Tzu doesn´t get overlooked.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How often should I clean my Shih Tzu´s eyes?

It is recommended you do so every day and possibly even a couple of times depending on your dog and if its eyes keep watering and leaving marks. Of course, we don´t need to mention that this takes time and effort from you, but knowing your pet companion is having the best possible care and living his best life.

2. Why do my dog´s eyes smell?

The smell indicates a yeast infection we mentioned above. Usually, you can just recognize it by seeing the red or rust discoloration around the eyes. One of the ways you can get rid of the smell is trying to clean your dog´s eyes more thoroughly or simply changing up the products you have been using so far.

3. What causes the tear stains around my dog´s eyes?

Usually, small dogs have encountered this issue, particularly the short-nosed ones. So if we are being honest, this is just something that happens with these beautiful dogs, especially those who suffer from distichia or having internal eyelashes. This alongside tearing stains is something your veterinarian can shed a lot of light on.


Shih Tzu’s hygiene is extremely important for the whole breed and for them to have a healthy and happy life. In conclusion, this is where all humans should step up and show just how much they want their little pet to have the best life possible.

If you have any questions about this topic or want to share your experience with us, don´t hesitate to write to us and leave comments below.

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