Dog acne or pimples can cause a dog a lot of discomfort and pain. This condition occurs when the oil glands on the dogs face get blocked which result in pimples and acne. You will notice the formation of blackheads and pimples on parts of the face such as the chin, muzzle and lips. These blackheads and pimples become acne which is makes the skin very itchy, crusty and sore.
This condition is more common in large dogs that have short hair. It is more noticed in breeds such as Great Danes, Boxers, Doberman and Rottweilers. It occurs generally during puberty i.e. between the ages of 5 to 8 months. Very often this condition improves with age and generally disappears after one year of age. Dog acne is not really cured but can be controlled. The first step in dog acne treatment is to rule out any other possibilities that might be causing this problem. You need to rule out problems such as mite infestation, ring worm and allergies.
When treating this problem it is important to ensure that the affected area is cleaned daily. You can do this by using a warm water compress to open up the blocked pores. Place the warm water compress on the affected area till it cools. Then wash the dog face with an anti bacterial soap for dogs. This process will kill bacteria as well as flush out any infection. You can also use herbs such as calendula, aloe vera and nettle which have anti bacterial and astringent properties. They also nourish the skin and alleviate the discomfort caused by skin infections such as acne. Herbs such as burdock root and red clover can also be given to your dog in the form of tonics. These tonics are used to remove the toxins from the body and strengthen the immune system thus prevent infections. There are also a lot of homeopathtic remedies available that help cure canine acne. You need to visit a holistic vet if you would like to use homeopathy
Some of thing that you should avoid in dog pimple treatment are; never squeeze the pimples. This can not only be very painful for the dog but it can also spread the bacteria under the skin causing a deeper infection. Although there are a lot of medicines available in the market that are used to cure human acne never use these on a dog as they are made of harsh chemicals and medicines and can worsen the problem than cure it.