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Gross! My Dog Has Zits! (and other skin ailments)

dog skin problemsGross! My Dog Has Zits!

I thought it was just my teenager, but no! My dog has zits. Is this normal? What can I do?

Zits on your dog might seem strange but they are perfectly normal. Just like people they produce oils and when oil mixed with dirt, it can cause zits.

Warts are common, especially puppies. Thankfully they are easily treated. In puppies they can be because of a virus and will grow around their mouth. In older dogs they can get them on their heads and body, just as a symptom of getting older.  Get it touch with your local New Mexico veterinarian to get them removed.

Zits are not just for teenagers! Your sweet puppy can get pimples and blackheads too. Not unlike your zit treatment,  cleaning your dogs face with a benzoyl peroxide cleaner can help clear up his skin. If he has backne, or acne elsewhere on his body, it may be a sign of a skin infection. If it lasts a long time, or does not seem to clear up with some benzoyl peroxide cleaner, you should call your local veterinary clinic for a check up to make sure they are not symptomatic of an underlying infection.

Sebaceous cysts  are zits that are similar to a boil. They come from a gland becoming blocked. They contain an oily, paste-like puss that will come out when the cyst is popped or drained. Now you and your dog can share in your dislike for these nasty cysts because he can get them just like you. Often times these cysts will go away on their own, but if there is one that is frequently recurring, your veterinarian may want to surgically remove it.

Lipomas, or fatty tumors, are simply lumpy accumulations of fat. They are not malignant and can usually be left alone. When you take your dog for his checkup, the vet will make note of them and measure them. If one is growing aggressively he may do a fine needle aspiration (FNA) and test the lipoma to make sure that it is in fact a fatty tumor and not a cancerous tumor. If a fatty tumor is making your dog uncomfortable, they can be removed. But otherwise can be left alone. It is not uncommon to see the fatty tumors on dogs as they get older. Watch his behavior to make sure that it is not causing any discomfort or restricting his movement.

Hive are an allergic reaction to something. Just like in people, Benadryl is the simplest treatment for hives. It will clear them up and help alleviate the symptoms.  Make sure to consult your veterinarian about the size of the dose to give. Remember that what you give yourself is not likely the same does you should give your dog.

If your dog has any skin issues you are concerned about, make sure to ask your veterinarian. Most issues will go away on their own or can be easily treated.