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Angel Eyes for Dogs: A Review of the Best Tear Stain Remover


Angel Eyes for dogs is easily considered the best dog tear stain remover product on the market and used by professional breeders, showers and owners of many different breeds. Quick note, the actual product name is called “Angel’s Eyes”, but the general public overwhelmingly refers to it as Angel Eyes.

We discussed dog tear stains in great detail previously so I will only briefly cover it here.

Dog tear stains appear when there is frequent and excessive tearing of the eyes. The tears contain iron and magnesium and when mixed with sunlight creates a reddish-brown discoloration. Please note that tear staining may also be signs of more significant health issues in some dogs and you may consider discussing the matter with your local veterinarian.

How Does Angel Eyes for Dogs Work?

Angel Eyes for dogs is an oral treatment regimen designed to prevent your dog from excessively tearing in the first place. The active ingredient, tylosin tartrate, is essentially an antibiotic that wards off bacterial infections that cause excessive tearing. The manufacturer states that the Angel’s Eyes formula binds with the porphyrin (iron/magnesium) pigments and prevents it from binding with the hair on your dog.

Since it is an oral regimen, there is no need to apply any ointment, paste or solution to the actual fur itself. In fact, the product doesn’t actually remove the stain that is present. What it does is prevent future staining. Consequently, it takes about 3-5 weeks for the new hair to grow out and replace the currently stained strands.

Pros & Cons of Angel Eyes for Dogs

We just alluded to one of the major cons of selecting Angel Eyes for dogs and that is the amount of time it takes to start seeing results. For many folks, 3-5 weeks may seem like an eternity. However, you are fundamentally solving the problem in the long run.

The other negative about this product is that you are giving your dog regular doses of an antibiotic. Some people have concerns about this because they fear that this might compromise the immune system of their animal in the long run. However, I have yet to see any scientific evidence that Angel’s Eyes has any deleterious impact on animals.

The major benefit of this product is that you are treating it at its root. Other products call for topical/external application of the medication. This can be a pain in the butt, messy and leave your pooch irritable. Especially, if you happen to accidentally get some of the product in their eye.

The major selling point of Angel Eyes for dogs is that the product is used by nearly everyone. Tens of thousands of people use it on a regular basis and report overwhelmingly positive reviews. At this moment, it has 2,232 reviews and a 4.4 star out of 5 rating. I didn’t even see another product with more than 50 reviews.

Angel Eyes Alternatives

There are some alternative products on the market to choose from. These include, but are not limited to:

Optimex, like Angel’s Eyes, is an oral supplement to be taken while your dog eats. Diamond Eye and Eye Envy are external topical solutions.

RECOMMENDATION: Angel Eyes for dogs is the best tear stain remover and should be your choice. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of waiting 3-5 weeks for it to work its magic, you may want to try an external treatment mentioned above.

Teacup Pomeranian Prices


Before you run out and drop a non-refundable deposit on a new teacup Pomeranian offered for sale by a breeder or pet store, you may want to take a moment and fully grasp the true cost of purchasing that cute puppy. Because the teacup Pomeranian price tag is more than meets the eye. Puppy bling like this adds up!

First, we need to break the cost of owning a teacup Pomeranian into three distinct categories. Then we will take a look at each of those categories in more details.

The three primary factors you will need to think about before buying a fluffy new Pomeranian (teacup or otherwise) are:

  1. Purchase price (kind of obvious, but a lot goes into the pricing structure)
  2. Shipping and transportation costs
  3. Home preparation and average annual costs associated with feeding and caring for your pet

Purchase Price of a Teacup Pomeranian

If you have searched the internet far and wide like I have to look at breeder and pricing information you will quickly find that the prices vary substantially. I have seen them range from around a $1,000 to as high as $50,000.

Yes. You read that right. I said I have seen a “micro tiny teacup Pomeranian” listed for as high as $50,000 by a breeder. More often than not though, you are going to see teacup Poms priced in the $2,500-$5,000 range.

There are many factors that influence pricing and several different reasons why one puppy may be more expensive than another. They include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Size
  • Color and/or markings on the coat
  • Reputation of breeder and clientele
  • Location and size of breeder

Different Pomeranian Sizes

As you have probably already guessed, the smaller the Pomeranian the higher the price. I have seen one breeder break the sizes of Pomeranians into five different size classifications. Their classification start at the traditional Toy Pomeranian size and goes all the way down to “Micro Tiny Teacup”. One of the challenges in figuring out expected prices is that many breeders have different definitions and methods of classifying their puppies. Using the breeder just mentioned above, their scale is as follows:

  • Toy Pomeranian: greater than or equal to 6 lbs
  • Tiny Toy Pomeranian: 4.5 – 6.5 lbs
  • Teacup Pomeranian: 4 – 5 lbs
  • Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 3.5 – 4 lbs
  • Micro Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 1 – 3 lbs

You may wonder why there is some overlapping in weight bands. That is because in addition to using total weight of the Pomeranian itself, they also use the weight of the parents to help determine classification. For example, a teacup male and female weighing four pounds may produce a puppy that grows to weigh five pounds.

Color and Markings

This is pretty straight forward. We know that breeding white pomeranians is very difficult. It only follows that white teacup Pomeranians are going to be more expensive than other colors. Black pomeranians are similarly prized by a segment of the buying public and as such, black teacup Pomeranians may also command premiums. If a breeder specializes in a certain type of color or coat (e.g. merle), the odds are likely that they will charge a premium of some kind.

Reputation of Breeder and Clientele

Some breeders have been breeding dogs for a long time and earned a strong reputation. A strong reputation is obviously prized by the breeders themselves along with customers as it helps assuage concerns that they may be cheated out of their money or sold a teacup pomeranian puppy that has been misrepresented. If you are dropping $5,000 on a puppy, you want to feel 100% confident in that decision and not have any reservations that a year later your teacup Pomeranian turns out to be a full-sized regular old Pomeranian that you could have bought from a purebred breeder for $800, right?

Additionally, some breeders have acquired celebrity clientele customer lists. Of course, that is a valuable marketing commodity and suggests by association that they are more credible and legit than other breeders.

Breeder Size and Physical Location

This one can go either way and is far more difficult to analyze from the buying side of the equation.

Larger breeders may often be able to sell a puppy at a cheaper price because they have greater economies of scale. Their average costs per dog are lower. Additionally, as a larger operation they should have established sales channels and marketing programs that allow them to reach a wide audience of prospective buyers than a small breeder. However, a small-time breeder may also sale at very competitive prices because it is more of a hobby and less of a for-profit venture for them.

And of course, location of the breeder can factor into it. If they have an actual store or facility open to the public, that is going to be more expensive to operate. Also, geographic location make drive prices higher or lower. If you have a breeder in a rural area far from a large metropolitan area, odds are they will sale their puppies at a lower price simply because customers in their geographic proximity are not as plentiful nor do they have the same disposable income levels.

Shipping and Transportation Costs for Teacup Pomeranians

Each individual buyer’s situation is going to be unique and it is impossible to give you a hard and fast range or rule of thumb.

First and foremost, you will have to determine if your desired breeder even ships their puppies. Some do not. Some will only meet you within a certain number of miles of their location. Some will ship their puppies to you at a cost that varies significantly. Some will only fly the puppies out to you and only if they can personally accompany the animal.

If you have to drive out and pick up your new puppy, you will need to account for missed days from work, hotel stays, food and gas. If you elect to allow the breeder to ship the animal to you the price will vary based on the mode of transportation and the company used. You will also need to be mindful of the risks associated with shipping a puppy alone. Some breeders will require you to pay for their airline ticket and pay for their food and hotel costs in order to bring the puppy to you.

If you do not live within a half day’s drive of your breeder, you can roughly add a minimum of $500 to your purchase price and it is quite easy to see this cost go well north of $1,000 when you factor in the true costs of taking delivery of your puppy.

Home Preparation and Annual Maintenance Costs

Buying dog carriers, crates, playpens, toys and other supplies for a new puppy is expensive. And odds are, if you are buying a Teacup Pomeranian you are probably going to want to bling it out with one of these or something similar. You gotta have the designer clothes to match the designer dog, right?

Don’t forget the regular veterinarian care and urgent care visits add up, too. Some studies suggest that the average annual cost for maintaining and caring for your dog approach $1,000 a year.

Let us assume that your teacup Pomeranian lifespan will last about 12 years. You are probably looking at investing close to $20,000 into your dog child when all is said and done.

 

White Pomeranian Puppy Scams

Earlier we discussed white Pomeranian puppies and briefly mentioned that you need to be especially wary of unethical breeders who will pass off dogs that are not really white Pomeranians as if they were true white Poms.

With the assistance of other resources online posted by various Pomeranian breeders, I am putting together a checklist of ways you can identify and protect yourself from falling victim to a white Pomeranian puppy scam:

Seek Guarantees in Writing

Humans are funny.  They can be told over and over that if “something sounds too good to be true that it probably is” and yet people continue to get snookered.  Our desire or greed to get what we want is so great that we consciously ignore safeguards and warnings.

At a minimum, negotiate some sort of written guarantee in any puppy purchase contract with the breeder so that is states something to the effect that you are purchasing a pure white Pomeranian puppy.  If the color of the dog changes within the first year of ownership, you the purchaser are entitled to a refund of X amount.

Just remember, even if you get it in writing, the time and costs associated with winning a civil judgment and collecting (if you ever do) will probably be more than the actual judgment itself and you will likely never receive any compensation unless the breeder has been doing this a long time and isn’t running a backyard fly-by-night breeding operation.

Personal Visit

I am not the type of guy who buys stuff online unless I am familiar with the product.  I am not buying a home, car or clothing unless I see it in person and can judge it with my own eyes.  Would you adopt a random child without ever getting to meet him or her first?

Before you commit to purchasing a puppy, try to see if you can locate a breeder within driving distance and arranging a visit.  A puppy is a huge investment of money, time and emotional energy.  Make sure you get a good vibe from the breeder and their operation.  You want to buy from someone who is passionate and professional, not just out to score a quick payday.

Scrub Behind the Ears

Did your mom ever inspect behind your ears to make sure you were really clean after a shower when you were a kid?  Well, one way to ensure you are getting a pure white Pomeranian or white teacup Pomeranian is to check the dog’s ears.

WhitePom has a great page with information about how you can protect yourself from being scammed.  She writes:

Carefully check the colour of hair behind the ears of the puppy.

This can be a very helpful guide to the adult color of most Pomeranian puppies.

Cream, very pale orange or lemon shadings behind the ears or in the hock region may mean that this puppy will be a cream or even a light orange Pomeranian adult not a White Pomeranian.

Very faint cream to very pale orange shadings or any patches on any other part of the Pomeranian puppy’s coat often indicates that the Pomeranian puppy is an orange and White Parti Color.

Owners who have purchased this type of Pomeranian Baby have told me they bought what was advertised as a white pomeranian and thought the very, very pale cream patches where just dirt.

One owner even told me how she had tried to remove the “dirty” marks with a damp facewasher, only to find as the months passed these pale patches darkened until her puppy was a parti color.

At 8 or 9 months of age this Pomeranian Puppy was a pale orange and white parti color.

PomskyHQ also has a solid checklist that is applicable to those interested in teacup Pomeranians and white Pomeranians on how to protect themselves when dealing with breeders:

  1. Are they generally receptive to questions?  If they are hostile or vague and evasive when answering your questions this is a warning sign.
  2. Do they have any sort of track record or list of referrals of previous customers?
  3. Have they sent you any pictures of the parents or the puppies (if they have been birthed) or did they resort to verbal descriptions and/or stock photos found on the internet?  It is 2013 and takes mere minutes to snap a couple of pictures, upload them and send them off via email.  If a “breeder” cannot be bothered to take a few minutes to send you this information while at the same time asking for a several hundred dollar down payment and a four figure purchase price, you need to take your business elsewhere.
  4. Method of payment – If a breeder demands cash, a money order or a cashier’s check, you need to take your business elsewhere.  As the purchaser of a large ticket item, you need to demand the right to a paper trail and full accounting of your purchase.
  5. License and registration please! Are the parents papered and registered with one of the major kennel clubs? Is the breeder licensed to conduct business in their jurisdiction?  Prospective owners should demand that their puppies are the offspring of purebred canines registered with a kennel and that the DNA test for the puppy confirms its lineage. Also, many (but, not all) government jurisdictions require businesses to have a license or to have jump through some bureaucratic hurdles.
  6. Ask questions and demand solid answers.  It is your money and you are in control.

Similar to the advice offered by PomskyHQ, WhitePom.com states that pictures of the actual parents will go a long way in helping you determine whether or not your white Pomeranian puppy will actually grow up to be a white Pomeranian dog!

White Pomeranians: Searching for the Unicorn?

If you were to research white Pomeranians on your own and speak to various breeders you would learn that producing a pure white coat is the most difficult color of them all to breed when attempting to breed show quality Pomeranians.

Because they are so difficult to breed there are relatively few out there available for purchase.  Also, with feverish demand by the public so high, white Pomeranians can command exceptionally high prices — and white teacup Pomeranians even more!

This can and does lead some unethical breeders to scam unwitting buyers out of their hard earned money by passing off a non-white Pomeranian as a real, honest-to-goodness White Pomeranian.  The truth is that many light and cream colored Poms start out as pure white puppies that eventually change color as they age.  This happens all the time when puppies begin to lose their puppy coat at around 4-8 months and the sellers are long gone with your money after you have handed it over – especially, if you are buying through a backyard breeder – which of course you should not do!

FACT: The earliest examples of the breed were white!

Buying a high-priced designer puppy online really takes a leap of faith.  You have no idea if the dog you are buying is really the same dog you see in the picture.  And when it comes to white Poms and white teacup Pomeranians, you need to be especially certain that the image has not been “photoshopped” to give the white Pomeranian puppy for sale that beautiful snow-like appearance.

You can’t just breed two white poms and call it a day.  What will quickly happen in this situation is that the coat and pigmentation attributes will degrade. In fact, in a couple of generations of breeding white Pomeranians together, the breed will revert back to its German Spitz roots.

Fortunately, for diversity sake, there are many shades of whites and blacks. Unfortunately, when it comes to breeding these various shades make it incredibly challenging to produce pure white and black Pomeranians. The constant struggle for professional Pomeranian breeders is finding that right balance between breeding out the other colors without losing the benefits these colors bring to the table.

The following passage from WhitePom illustrates this point:

Breeding out to the other colors like Orange improves type, but can cause lemon shadings, or what some people refer to as “ivory white” in the White Pomeranians. Lemon tones on your White Pomeranians, can be very difficult to breed out at a later stage.  A quote from the Pomeranian breed standard:

“Whites must be quite free from lemon or any other colour.”

Canton Pomeranians, another prominent Pomeranian breeder states that whites are incredibly difficult to breed and that you also have to watch out for other factors that may tint or color the dogs white coat as it matures.  He writes:

Puppies may be born white but as they grow older, the back of the ears, the saddle at the back of the body, and other parts, tend to become yellowish.  And so, they should be kept clean and washed all the time.  In our area wherein our water is from the deep well, the water has a lot of mineral including manganese, which turns the white coat to light cream/yellow; chlorinated water becomes necessary.  The dog cages has to be stainless…or risk the rust of an old cage to transform their white coat from yellow to light red; the play pen should be stainless steel.  Plus, they should be kept individually separate or risk their playful attitude…plus saliva to stain and redden their immaculate clean and white coats.  This discoloration is partly genetic but a lot of it has to do with care and maintenance. An additional big problem is the tear staining the many dogs have…and in the whites, one can easily be brought in despair.

Finding a true white Pomeranian can be an elusive task.  If you are genuinely and sincerely interested in purchasing a snow white Pom, please do your due diligence so that you do not become another victim.  There are so many horror stories about people trying to purchase a white Pomeranian or a teacup Pomeranian and getting scammed.