Some breeds of dogs are more susceptible than others to ear disease. Dogs whose ears "drop" or fall over the opening of the ear canals are the most susceptible to ear problems. Ears that drop allow moisture and debris to build up in the ear canal. Making the situation even worse is the fact that hair grows in the ear canals of these breeds.
There are several dog breeds that have an inherent issue with tear staining. The most obvious ones are the white or light color dogs such as the Bichon breeds. Although they by no means are the only ones, the bichon breeds, being long-haired, non shedding breeds, tend to need daily eye-care to avoid tear staining. Tear staining is the reddish-brown discoloration that may be found at the inner corners of the eyes and under the eyes.
The recent pet food recalls have been a wake-up call for dog owners. Because of this, we all need to learn more about how to interpret dog food labels. This article provides some of the most basic regulations related to labeling of commercial dog foods.