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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Infected Canine (Puppy) Acne?

Chey: Puppy Canine Acne
Dakota and Cheyenne have both had puppy acne before - a pimple here or there but now I am concerned. Last night we started to notice blood on certain things that Cheyenne was brushing up against or putting her head on. We took a closer look and found that her puppy acne exploded and it is just getting worse!

My poor baby! This was just taken a couple of minutes ago and there is both pus and blood coming out of several areas of her giant bump of a chin. I put some hydrogen peroxide on a tissue and dabbed her chin (which she wasn't very pleased about) and otherwise it doesnt seem to be bothering her.

We think it was getting worse cause of the rubber Everlasting Treat ball that she has been going crazy on - trying to stick her whole face in there to get the treats - like a mad woman! So, we took it away last night and after playing fetch with her sister this afternoon, she rubbed against the arm of the chair and there were streaks of blood again.

We have an appointment on Saturday for routine shots and will bring this up to the vet and have asked our breeder and Lab friends for some assistance. Hopefully this will clear up in no time and our sassy girl will return to normal.



Blogger Sharon said...

Our six month old female lab puppy has exactly the same thing! She was also bleeding and we thought she was overdoing the big bone we have her recently. It got worse so I took her to the doctor about a week ago. He took a culture and scraped the scab and puss. The doctor thinks its a staff infection and gave her an RX for antibiotics and a topical cream. It is still speading so I am going to call the doctor again tomorrow. What else do you know about this? I couldn't believe it when I saw the photo! It looks exactly like Zoe's chin. Please post and let me know what you have found out. Zoe is our first doggie and we are still learning how to care for her. Thank you!!!

February 02, 2007 1:33 AM  
Blogger Sianan said...

If it looks exactly like the photo, then it is most likley canine acne. The best thing to do is to keep the area clean. Sometimes the vet needs to put the pup on oral anitbiotics (which Cheyenne needed). Cheyenne still has some but it is slowly getting better. Since it was so huge and infected, it is still going to take some time to heal. Good luck and our puppy prayers are with you!

March 11, 2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, thank goodness for the internet, I have been so worried about my 5 month old lab, Seger. The vet said it was a histiocytoma (almost always benign) and I don't agree. His symptoms are exactly as you described. Thank you for posting your concerns about your baby! I have been looking up some really scary stuff on the net and I am relieved that he probably has dog acne. How long did it last? He has recently been spending more time in his crate because he jumped the gate I had in the kitchen. He had the run of the house for 3 hours. What a mess that was, so now he has been in the crate whenever I leave, and he chews at the bars. That started it I think. Hope your dog is better now. Thanks again for posting your concern, it helped me.

March 30, 2008 5:09 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Cheyenne's acne lasted a couple of weeks before it was really starting to clear up. You will definitely want to get a second opinion because skin irritations can easily be confused with other illnesses.

Good luck!

March 31, 2008 9:22 AM  
Blogger james said...

My 4 year old puppy is suffering from the same problem.May be he got infected with some other street dog.My friend told me to take some serious action.When i applied an herbal cream on his acne pus came out.What should i do?

April 22, 2008 11:58 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

James -

You should be careful about applying an herbal cream to dogs as allergic reactions may occur. There are many things that are dangerous to dogs that are not to humans.

Pus coming out is good because it is getting cleaned. What you need to do is clean the area well after your pup eats with warm water and gentle soap. Also make sure that his bowls are metal and washed daily and remove any rubber toys from his reach. Rubber and plastic are notorious for harboring bacteria that cause canine acne... our culprit was the Never-ending Treat Ball which is a rubbery material.

You may also dab some hydrogen peroxide on the area after you clean it with soap and water but nothing else without a vet's approval.

Lab smiles,

April 23, 2008 6:13 AM  
Blogger james said...

Hey shannon,
thanks a lot for such helpful advice.I certainly will follow your advice.I did many surveys on how to treat acne,Do creams which help human to treat acne can also help dogs?

April 25, 2008 11:27 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...


You do not want to use any human products (especially those for human acne) on a dog as they may cause serious health problems. Remember that a dog has different skin then humans and must maintain a certain balance or serioud skin allergies can occur. On top of that, the medication in human acne creams can easily go through their thin skin and cause other life-threatening problems. Holisitic is best and contacting your vet with any specific questions on what you can and cannot use on your specific dog is even better.

Lab smiles,

April 28, 2008 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a now ten year old lab that has had skin acne on her chin off and on since puppy-hood. The cause is basically her own drool due to folds on each side of her lower lip. It never completely clears up and I take preventitive measures to keep it under control.

Last week while I was on vacation, my husband called me frantically because it flared up horribly. It looks horrible. I do not what caused the sudden flareup. Our vet put her on antibiotics, she is wearing a collar and I am treating her with warm compresses. It is healing but this conditions has been a never ending battle.

May 27, 2008 8:30 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Anon -

Yes, canine acne is very bad and can make us feel like horrible dog owners when it happens. However, I would suggest that, if you haven't already, change her bowls to stainless steel and wash them every couple of days (every day while flare up). Also remove any rubber toys such as the Everlasting Treat ball (which caused our Lab's acne) or similar toys. If there are any rubber toys that you feel you must keep, put them on the top rack of the dishwasher every couple of days.

Canine acne is not caused by the drool itself but rather the bacteria in the drool and rubber items. Our Dakota drools like a Mastiff and yet she has never had any problems with canine acne... that's because she didn't like her Everlasting Treat Ball we got her for Christmas but her little sister did.

Hope that helps! Our puppy prayers are with you!

May 27, 2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My little princess has gotten the same affliction it appears. 5 mos. old and I feel just horrible about her pretty puppy face. She isn't bleeding but the pinkish bumps on her chin are as plain as day. Going to call the doc tomorrow just to be on the safe side. Thanks everyone for your posts! Zoe and I are relieved.

May 29, 2008 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 9 month old yellow lab and I have noticed what looks like blackheads on her stomach area. They extend all the way from her top nipples down to her girl parts. I have looked everywhere on the internet and it all says canine acine occurs on the lips and chin of dogs. I an wondering if nayone has ever noticed it on their dogs abdomen? Or is this something i should consider taking her to the vet for.

August 02, 2008 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 10 week old lab puppy has acne on her tummy. The vet said not to worry unless it gets crusty. I am watching it very carefully. Does peroxide help?

October 01, 2008 9:59 PM  
Blogger jhutchnicurn said...

I have an 11 month old puppy named Jaci that was diagnosed with canine acne 4 weeks ago. She had the same open infected bleeding areas on her chin, but she also had acne between the pads on her front paws. I don't know how common that is. Anyone else heard of that? My husband didn't think to ask, but the area on her paws were very red and raw due to her constant licking. Anyway, the vet gave Jaci a cortisone shot and a 2 week supply of Amoxicillin. Her symptoms never truley went away, and within 1 week of finishing the RX her symptoms are just as bad or even worse. We're doing everything we can to keep her clean, but she's constantly licking at her paws and our maltese, who thinks she's her mother, licks her chin! Has anyone ever had to do 2 rounds of antibiotics before? Does anyone have any suggestions or stories. We have switched feeding bowls, and she doesn't have any rubber toys she plays with. However, she is a shed trained dog, and has many deer sheds....would that have anything to do with it? Just curious!! Thanks for any help you can give!!

December 14, 2008 6:29 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

It seems like your pup is allergic to something. If this were my pup, I would check the dog food to make sure there was no chicken, chicken by-products or gluten as Labs are prone to be allergic to these ingredients. Then I would check anything that may have changed - a new bed, new carpet, walking on newly thawed ice (ice melters are harsh on paws), etc. Any and all blankets/beds being used by the pup would be washed in an allergen free detergent.

December 15, 2008 6:18 AM  
Blogger jhutchnicurn said...

Shannon, I'd like to thank-you for your post. I contacted Jaci's vet today for some additional advise. She has put Jaci on another 2 week round of Amoxicillin, for the secondary bacterial infection she has, prednisone x2 weeks, and an anti-fungal anti-bacterial rinse for her chin and paws. If her symptoms aren't completely gone in 2 weeks she wants her brought back in for a biopsy of her chin. This is to rule out an underlying hormonal condition(1%)or allergies (4%)chance. Still she is pretty certain that this is all related to the acne with an underlying bacterial infection. However, bedding has been rewashed, thank-you! We're not doing anything with the food yet...we thought we should try one thing at a time so we know with out a doubt what this really is!! Thanks for your suggestions! I'll let you know what we find out!!

December 15, 2008 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 2 year old yellow lab that was just diagnosed with canine acne. His nose is covered with what looks like oozing fever blisters and spreading. The edges of his ears are also covered with sores. In hind sight he may have had a breakout last summer he had 2-3 small bumps that at the time I thought may be wasp stings. The vet put him on antibiotics but nothing topical. Does anyone out there know what causes this. I have been searching the internet without much success. Tank you.

March 14, 2009 5:35 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

There are a few culprits to this problem. Normally it is caused by irritation and bacteria. Our vet recommended that we continue to clean the area with some hydrogen peroxide and take away all rubber and plastic toys as those will usually keep bacteria well.

The Lab Brats have stainless steel food/water bowls which are cleaned daily and now stay far away from the Everlasting Treat Ball as this is what caused Cheyenne's breakout. Since making those changes, she has not had another one since.

March 15, 2009 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Shannon! I was completely freaking out that my 1 yr old Yorkie had a staff infection and glad to see it is probably puppy acne. I will be sure to follow all the great advice you gave here about keeping the chin clean and the bowls freshly washed. The culprit in our case was also the everlasting treat ball! Will probably still take pup to the vet, but won't be able to until after holiday weekend. Thank you for setting my mind at ease until then!

April 11, 2009 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

OMG! I just found acne on my dog and freaked out! He has about 5 pimples. This is my 3rd Lab, but he his my first black. My Yellows never had acne. My husband said this could be a version of "Puberty". I would have never belived it except for finding this site. Thanks for posting your info!

April 16, 2009 10:05 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

How long did the acne take to clear up after taking away the rubber toys? Thank you, Ryan

May 04, 2009 8:15 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Canine acne can take several weeks to truly clear up. Keep the area clean and wash it once or twice a day.

Our Cheyenne has a bald chin now due to all the acne that she had. However, after removing the rubber toys and such, she has never had another outbreak.

May 05, 2009 7:17 AM  

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