Dog Pimples: What to Know About Your Pet’s Acne

If you’ve noticed little red bumps or blackheads on your furry friend’s skin, you might be wondering, “Do dogs get pimples?” The answer is yes, they do! Just like their human counterparts, dogs can also suffer from acne. Today, we’re diving into this topic, exploring causes, symptoms, and when to visit one of our Heart + Paw locations.



What is Dog Acne?

Not Just a Human Problem

You’re not alone if you thought acne was only a teenage human dilemma. Our four-legged buddies can also experience skin flare-ups, especially around their chin, lips, and muzzle.

Signs and Symptoms

Dog acne isn’t usually a serious health issue, but it’s something you should be aware of. Typical signs include red bumps, blackheads, and even an occasional pustule. You may also notice your pet rubbing their face against furniture or pawing at their snout.

What Causes Dog Acne?

Hormonal Changes

Yep, that’s right! Just as in humans, hormonal fluctuations in dogs can trigger acne. This is particularly common in younger dogs who are still going through puberty.

Environmental Factors

Things like dirt, grease, and even food residues can contribute to dog acne. This is why you might notice it most often around the muzzle area.

When to Be Concerned

Persistent Acne

While occasional breakouts are usually no big deal, chronic or severe dog acne could be a sign of an underlying issue. In these cases, it’s best to consult a vet for a proper diagnosis.

Accompanying Symptoms

If you notice that the acne is accompanied by other symptoms like excessive itching, skin discoloration, or hair loss, that’s a cue to book an appointment at one of our Heart + Paw locations right away.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

  • In-Office Diagnosis: Dog acne is typically diagnosed through a physical examination, and sometimes additional tests may be required. The veterinary team at Heart + Paw is more than equipped to help diagnose and plan a suitable treatment route for your pup.
  • Treatment Modalities: Treatment options vary and must be provided by a veterinary care provider.  It’s crucial to follow the vet’s treatment plan closely. This may include specialized shampoos, lotions, or even medications. The most important thing is to consult the experts for a tailored plan.

Preventive Measures

  • Regular Cleaning: One of the most effective ways to prevent dog acne is by keeping their facial area clean, especially after meals.
  • Choosing the Right Products: When it comes to your dog’s skincare, not all products are created equal. Ask your Heart + Paw vet for recommendations on what’s best for your specific breed and skin type.

Time to Take Action!

If you’ve noticed any signs of acne on your pooch, don’t just brush it off. Though it’s often harmless, it’s always better to be safe and get it checked out by a vet.

So, why not book an appointment at one of our Heart + Paw locations today? Our team of veterinary experts is here to provide top-notch care for your pet, ensuring they lead a happier, healthier life.

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Heart + Paw was founded in 2018 by Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. George Melillo, who currently serves the Mid-Atlantic area. Heart + Paw offers a combination of veterinary care, pet grooming, and dog daycare to help be a resource in your pet parenthood journey.

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