My Dog Has Acne?

Dogs Can Suffer Acne Too

We know that men, women and even children can all suffer from acne, but did you know that dogs can suffer from acne too? Yes, that's right, your beloved furry, four-legged friend can also get acne breakouts. Fortunately, it's not the end of the world...

When Does Dog Acne Happen?

Unlike cats, who are prone to breakouts during any stage of life, dogs have a much more limited scope in which acne can typically occur. Acne will usually appear on dogs who are less than a year old, and most often takes place as a dog reaches sexual maturity (usually 5 to 8 months).

The Characteristics Of Dog Acne

Dog acne breakouts usually occur in areas where the dog has exposed skin. This generally equates to areas around the dog's chin and mouth. These areas become prone to acne breakouts, and simple blackheads can appear as well.

While dog acne is usually only a cosmetic problem, there are times when inflammation can occur as well as loss of hair. This typically happens as the poor family pet tries to suppress the itching from the acne.

Fortunately, most acne breakouts clear themselves up without any treatment at all. Your dog is then free to live a happy, healthy and acne free life. Sometimes, however, some help to alleviate itching is necessary. Soothing oatmeal baths can sometimes help, but if your dog seems to be in a lot of discomfort a trip to the vet may be necessary.

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