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Tear stains are a common problem among small dog breeds like the Maltese. Most veterinarians agree that the cause is commonly due to excessive tearing. When the fur around the face of your dog is constantly wet, it becomes a breeding ground for yeast infections. These yeast infections can cause a reddish-brown stain on your dog.
The way to curb the staining is to first determine the cause and remove it. In addition to excessive tearing; blocked tear ducts, ear infections, teething in puppies, allergies, and fleas, can cause tearing in a dog. The next thing to do is to put your dog on a course of antibiotics. Your veterinarian can recommend the best treatment for your pet.