West Highland white terrier or better known as westie, is popular and loved for their white coat. Those little white polar bears are so cute when they come back from groomer, right? Looking at perfect Instagram photos you wonder is it possible to keep them white everyday. Well, yes, of course. Even if the coat is prone to staining and discolouration As a Westie owner, you need to understand the risks the coat is exposed to and the factors that contribute to staining so that you are able to prevent discolouration and preserve your pet's bright white coat.
If you want to keep westie fur white as long as possible there are few tricks you can do.
First off all groom your white fur friend daily with a brush. It will keep the outer coat clean and make the coat shiny. The skin secretes oils will spread on the hair while brushing, therefore the coat will stay healthy and shiny. Same effect you get while brushing your hair often, just humans don't like this shiny effect, but on westie it will look perfect and lets its fur to protect from dirt.
I found a big article about tear stains, it tells more about understanding, why dogs cry, why tears have red pigment. You can read it here: A Veterinary Guide to tear Stains
And here is what I understood in short.
First of all, where tears come from and why tears are red?
Some dogs produce excessive tears. But this can be managed quite easily if it is not health issue or because of breed specification (poodles, bichons, Maltese, boxers, bulldogs, etc..)
Please remember that young puppies will tend to produce more tears when they are teething. In puppy case just be patient and do as suggested below.
Its all because of iron-containing molecules.