vets information from Samantha Coe
vets and pets info from vets-info-vetbase
pets small animal vets info vetbase
vets and pets healthcare informationHome | About | Privacy and Terms | Email

Acne in Dogs

Acne affects the lips and chin of young dogs. The condition causes spots and crusty lesions to appear in the affected area. There may be a genetic predisposition involved in this disorder and short-coated breeds tend to suffer from acne.

Acne in dogs is usually on the chin and lips. It may look like red spots, papules, or crusty areas and occasionally the chin may swell up. A secondary bacterial infection is sometimes present, especially in advanced cases. The area is often painful for the dog and the lesions may cause scarring.

Usually this condition is easily diagnosed on clinical signs but occasionally a biopsy may be performed. This will allow the vet to ensure that the lesions are not caused by another problem such as ringworm, demodex or an allergy.

This condition is often treated with antibiotics. Cephalexin is very useful when there is a deep secondary bacterial infection. The antibiotic treatment is often needed for 6 - 8 weeks. Shampoos, cleansers or other skin treatments (usually gels or ointments) may also be used. Benzoyl peroxide shampoo or gel is helpful as it has antibacterial properties and will reduce the bacterial numbers on the skin. Sometimes corticosteroids may help to reduce the inflammation, but long term use is best avoided. It is a good idea to try to limit behaviour which may aggravate the condition such as rubbing the chin along the floor and chewing toys or bones which makes the skin wet with saliva. Never try to pick at or pop the pustules as this can lead to a worsening of the problem.

Sometimes long term treatment is required for this condition.

vets and pets info from
Sam's Blog
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
Allergic Dermatitis
Cherry Eye
Choosing a Dog
Colitis in dogs
Ear Mites
Heat stroke
Histiocytic Ulcerative Colitis
Pancreatic insufficiency
Skin parasites
Anal sacs
Physiotherapy for dogs
Roundworms: Toxocara spp
vets and pets info
Food Animals
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
Recommended Books
vets and pets info
Complementary Therapies
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
vets and pets info
Interesting Videos
vets and pets info
Pet Behaviour
vets and pets info
Basics of Pet Nutrition
vets and pets info
How often should I worm my dog?
At what age should I get my dog neutered?
How often should I worm my puppy or kitten?
Do rabbits need any vaccinations?
How often should my pet visit the vet?
What should I feed my dog?
My pet died, can I find out why?
Can I keep a cat indoors all the time?
What is ringworm?
When should my puppy be vaccinated?

© Samantha J. Coe 2005-2020 | Terms and Conditions |
All Rights Reserved | Content is provided for information only. All content on is protected by copyright and therefore may not be copied without specific written permission from the author. Disclaimer: The content of this website is based upon the opinions of Samantha Coe, unless otherwise stated. Individual articles, extracts, and any links to external sites are based upon the opinions of the respective author(s), who may retain copyright. The information on this website is not intended to replace a consultation with a qualified veterinary professional and is not intended as medical advice. The purpose of this site is the sharing of knowledge and information - Samantha Coe encourages you to make informed healthcare decisions for animals in your care based upon your research and in consultation with your vet.