The beauty of a white dog lies in the dazzling brightness of the fur! A clean and bright dog will not only attract attention wherever it goes, but you would also find joy in caressing your snow-white bundle of joy.
I’m sure you don’t want your dog’s coat to suddenly turn gray or yellow after all the effort you put into grooming it.
So, how do you help your dog maintain its white fur despite the amount of dirt, food particles, and bodily fluids it is exposed to daily?
Read on to discover what you can do to preserve the whiteness of your dog’s fur.
What Causes Stains on White Dog Fur?
Different kinds of stuff cause stains on a dog’s fur. As such, you must be able to identify the various possibilities before knowing the right way to get rid of such stains.
- Dirt accumulation in the eyes from improper draining of the eyes (tear stains)
- Allergies from diet
- Ocular proptosis (Eye protrusion)
- Hair growth
- Chloride or fluoride-rich water
- Abnormal eyelid
- Food and urine stains
Cleaning Tools and Materials
To remove stains on a white dog’s fur, you need special (every day) tools.
Below are the necessary tools and cleaning agents that will help keep the color of your dog’s fur in good condition.
This is an essential household tool required to brush dogs’ coats, no matter the cleaning agent used. A perfect soft bath brush can help support healthy and shiny coats and become a home care device for dogs.
Household cornstarch is an effective stain removal, given that it absorbs oils, removes odors, and covers up a lot of stains when you sprinkle, rub or brush a handful throughout the coat of the dog once in a while.
Whitening Shampoos and Conditioners
They serve as a good restorer of the natural shine in a dog’s white coat by brightening the fading coat and removing discoloration.
Such (dog-approved) shampoos and conditioners are mostly formulated with healthy ingredients that do not cause irritation or discomfort.
Furthermore, using shampoos and conditioners makes the hair less porous, brittle, and less prone to stains.
Baking soda is quite effective in taking care of severe stains since it is a natural bleaching agent that will not damage a dog’s coat.
It is an excellent stain removal, suitable for most dog hair and skin types.
This household item complements whitening shampoos for getting rid of stains on white dog fur when mixed into a paste and rubbed in or poured directly into bathwater.
They are used to clean the dog’s muzzle to get rid of food stains after a meal. Very essential to have - and use.
Tear Stain Removers
A tear stain removal is applied to the dog’s eye externally by using a moist cotton ball. It is available in liquid and powder form.
Before purchasing, make sure it is specifically proven to be unharmful to pets.
Steps to Removing Stains From White Dog Fur
To preserve the white color of your dog’s fur, you need to ensure you maintain the following level of hygiene and cleanliness at all times - in addition to your regular grooming procedures.
Use a whitening shampoo to lather up the dog while simultaneously preventing it from getting into the dog’s eyes or ears.
Focus your attention on the chest, muzzle, and tail because they are more prone to stains.
To get better results, leave the shampoo on the dog for five minutes to allow a thorough absorption.
It is best to avoid diluting the shampoo in order to get rid of tough stains quickly.
Use tepid or warm water to rinse the dog thoroughly. To get rid of all the shampoo residue as you rinse, run your fingers through the coat.
For dogs with a thick coat, a second rinse is essential to get the task done correctly.
Take a quality conditioner and apply on the dog’s coat without coming in contact with the mouth, eyes, and ears.
The conditioner serves as a layer of resistance on the hair shaft to protect against absorbing new stains.
Once again, use warm water to rinse the dog thoroughly to eliminate excess conditioner in the fur.
Use a clean towel to dry the dog’s coat till it is as damp as possible.
To ensure your dog is adequately cleaned free from all stains, you have to brush the fur using a soft silicone brush or, depending on the coat’s thickness.
Whereas pin brushes are for dogs with long hair and thick coat, a slicker is perfect for dogs with more delicate fur or sensitive skin.
When brushing, it is essential to give special attention to areas that usually have dark stains, starting from the direction of fur growth (the dog’s head down to the tail).
Doing so helps get rid of tangles.
Take some portions of hydrogen peroxide and cornstarch, then mix to form a paste.
Apply on the stained areas on the fur.
Use your hands to gently and evenly apply the paste on the coat down to the base. You can use a comb to spread the paste evenly, conveniently, and effectively for long and thick fur.
Allow it soak for 5-15 minutes, depending on the severity and depth of the stains.
Use warm water to rinse the coat thoroughly and brush the affected spots to eliminate any leftover stains and residue.
Towel-dry the coat.
Addendum (do not ignore)
Regularly trim areas on your dog’s fur where you usually spot brown or dark stains, such as the chest and muzzle.
The ideal tool for taking off a little amount of hair on these spots is a thinning shear for even trimming.
Be careful when trimming to avoid irritating the skin or causing additional skin problems for your dog. The PetCareSunday™ Dog Hair Trimmer is an excellent choice for trimming dogs with short or long coats that's ideal for feet, face and finish work on all dog breeds.
Frequent trimming is advisable instead of regular washing, which may cause the hair to become brittle or lead to dry skin conditions.
To keep a white dog fur from changing its color, you should identify the stain source and endeavor to prevent or eliminate it as much as you can.
Getting rid of stains may be difficult if your dog is sensitive or reacts to any of the ingredients used.
This article is a guide on safe methods you can use to get the results you desire without putting your dogs at risk.
Peradventure, you are not satisfied with the results of these simple home remedies (if the stains refuse to go away), it is best to seek professional advice from veterinarians rather than opting for harsh and heavy chemicals.