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Q: What can be done about odors on shih-tzu's face?

March 2, 2009 | By Charity W. | 9 answers | Expired: 1962 days ago

Charity W.

My Shih-tzu is just now developing an odor on his face. It's like the water from his eyes are causing the hair on his face to smell. I've read several things about it, one being that the teeth that come in at the age of one can cause it...since he just turned a year old this week, I'm hoping that's all it is. Please advise if any of you shih-tzu owners have experienced the same thing...thanks

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Amy k.
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Mar 05, 2009

use a warm wash cloth to clean every day and Anget eyes does work wonders

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Lucille Vaughn F.
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Mar 05, 2009

The odor is from the tears. They start to congeal and the clotting smells awful. You can add Angel eyes to their food and it stops the tearing, and also use Eye Envy to clean the eyes and to keep them clean. After awhile the Angel Eyes will stop the tearing.

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Corinna S.
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Mar 04, 2009

Warm washcloth works well for the stains. Also, my local pet store carries an all natural stain remover that I dab on with a cloth. But I think that you should take her to the vet to be sure that the odor isn't coming from a more serious source such as an ear infection or skin disorder. Good luck! Keep us posted!

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Ethel02
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Mar 02, 2009

Make sure it's not his ears, a yeast infection stinks, clean with a cotton ball damp with peroxide, no q-tips, no alcohol, let the Vet make sure thts what it is and you will also need an antibiodic drop in ointment form from the vet, over the counter does not work, and don't clean every day, kill the good stuff too, I also wash their faces with a warm washcloth before bed and rinse the eyes with a plain old saline eye wash about 1x a week, they run too, the Lab has allergies and I do it to just make her a bit more comfortable, but that not what smells on her.

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Janella G.
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Mar 02, 2009

The water you see coming out of his eyes is protein. You can get a product that will bleach the hair.But I've found that if I wash my dogs faces, it really helps. I wash them every morning,after I was my face.I have 4 of the little buggers.

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Diane C.
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Mar 02, 2009

My Samantha has the same problem. I also use a nice warm wet washcloth. I do this over & over until I no longer see that brown "stuff". Then I use a q-tip dipped in mineral oil & clean some more & then leave the oil on-it really helps to prevent it getting crusty. I have dry eyes & use otc eye drops, and put a drop in each eye & this combo just works sooo well & I can tell she feel happier also...

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Kiko53
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Mar 02, 2009

My vet told me the same thing Jen said: "Use a wet warm washcloth (using just water) to dampen the area and gently rub clean the hair under the tear ducts." He said that a buildup there can cause an infection of the skin.

I keep Mimi's face trimmed so it's easier to clean up.

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Jen F.
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Mar 02, 2009

I have two Tzu's. I use a wet warm washcloth (using just water) to dampen the area and gently rub clean the hair under the tear ducts. Then dry gently with a towel. The accumilation of that fluid can smell rancid. I have heard that you can use hydrogen peroxide - but only if you are very careful not to get any in the eyes! I've never tried that because the warm water & cloth has always worked for me in cleaning. Check the hair around thier faces, too. It can hold food particles that go bad and produce a smell.

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Tammy  K.
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Mar 02, 2009

Try to keep his face dry. Dabbing small amounts of baking soda will help absorb the odor.

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