Natural Treatments for Dog Acne
Help your dog acne improve with these simple treatments
If you start to notice unsightly bumps on your dog, you could be dealing with dog acne. Animals mostly get acne around the chin. If you suffer from acne yourself, it's a horrifying situation: here's your beloved household pet with the same condition. Fortunately, there are simple, natural treatments you can embrace.
Dealing with Pet Acne
We already know that dogs can and do get acne. The next step is to recognize the signs of dog skin problems and respond appropriately. As the article says, most of the time, your dog skin problems resolve themselves. But if they don't, here are some more advanced (but still natural) ways to get rid of dog acne.
1. Wash with gentle soap and water, just like you would for your own skin problems. Use a washcloth and a soft soap made for dogs to carefully cleanse the area on a daily basis. If you notice your dog's skin getting too dry, switch to alternate days.
2. Apply aloe vera to the affected area and gently rub in with a cotton ball (this will help alleviate pain and itching).
3. Consult your vet to find a medicated soap for treating pet acne. NEVER use human acne soaps on an animal. The concentration of benzyl peroxide is different.
4. Soak a cloth in very warm (but not hot) water. Wring it out and hold it to the affected area to open the pores. You can repeat this several times a day without harming your dog's health at all, and it will help with acne problems.
5. Spay or neuter your pet. You've probably heard that in other contexts, but remember, puberty is when people often have their worst acne outbreaks, and pets are no different. Spaying or neutering your dog can help alleviate many dog skin problems, particularly acne.
6. Try calendula, a natural ointment available at health food stores. Soak gauze or cotton balls in calendula oil and apply it gently to the affected area of your dog's skin. This is a harmless way to fight bacterial acne. You can also give your dog half pills of Echinacea, which can have antibacterial properties (it should not be given to cats, though).
7. Visit your vet. If your dog has severe acne, it could be related to an infection or disorder, and your vet will be able to diagnose it easily. He or she can then prescribe antibiotics, soaps, or creams for dog skin problems.
Pet acne can be a difficult and painful situation, but unlike humans, pets tend to get over acne quite quickly on their own. If that's not the case, a visit to the vet is probably in order. Follow these simple treatments and you'll be able to help your pet manage dog acne with no problems at all.