Acne in dogs considered a benign disease that is usually self-limiting and may disappear by itself. But in some dogs the swelling that it causes can be very painful also quite severe. It almost always affects dogs younger than one year, and when they pass this mark, it will usually go away. There is still no real known cause, which is completely accepted by the whole medical community, but there are some very strong theories. This can affect any breed, but there are breeds which are at a higher level of risk.
What exactly is it?
Acne in dogs similar to acne in humans, but it is focused on their hair over their skin. Disease itself is defined as a localized folliculitis, an inflammation of hair follicles and ruptures happened. These fractures are usually found in your dog's foot or their lips. As a result of this condition, comedones, also known as black heads first sores appear on their chin. This is the result of excess keratin layer, which in turn causes dilatation, follicular putting.
If your dog pimples severe enough, it can also cause two other conditions to develop: redness of skin and hair loss. Erythema is a reddening of the skin caused by dilation, and congestion of capillaries your dog and it is usually the result of infection. Alopecia is loss of hair in your dog. Moderate to severe cases of acne, papules pustules, nodules and companies can also develop primarily from bacterial infections resulting from acne. If that happens, it is now considered to be a quite severe.
Acne begins with the dog as your pet reaches puberty, usually between the ages of five months and nine months old, and is more common in certain breeds. The vast majority of cases of acne are short haired breeds include Bulldogs, Great Danes and Dobermans. It also affects the German Shorthair Pointer, and Rottweiler's.
The real cause of acne in dogs is still not fully understood, but there are some very strong theories. The first is that it is an allergic reaction to any kind of plastic, especially plastic food or beverage units, but this is only the beginning of the list. It also found that androgen hormones male sex hormones is the real cause of acne. However, the argument has been challenged by some in the medical community for two reasons. The first is that the condition is certainly not gender specific, because it impacts both genders equally.
otherwise it does not explain why it seems to affect primarily shorthaired breeds. The next theory is that is genetically caused, which would explain why it affects only a short-haired breeds. Some types of traumatic events is also one of these theories, as this is believed to releasing large amounts of free keratin in your dogs systems, resulting in an inflammatory response from their immune system. When this happens, any bacterium that is the hair follicles on your dog becomes infected. The last theory suggests that it is the result of a bacterial infection of some sort.
Acne dogs are usually the first surface of red bumps or papules and comedones or blackheads, will slowly start to develop in the mouth area or on the lips. In some cases, these bumps become infected quickly, which will produce pus. If there are infection associated with acne, the next symptom itching to occur. Your dog will try to relieve itching by rubbing them against furniture or your carpet. Other symptoms may include red and crusty papules and furuncles also build on their chin and lips.
If the acne becomes chronic, you may also begin to see signs of a faint peripheral depigmentation of the affected areas, defined as anything depigmentation.
To exclude other diseases such as;
Acne in dogs has some very strong similarities with several other conditions or diseases, and proper treatment of acne, the condition is not excluded. The first of these is called demodicosis, which is a non-contagious form of ownership. The next disease can be excluded with herpes disease. This disease starts with lesions that are too similar to the acne lesions, and testing it takes several weeks.
Your veterinarian will need to test for fungi, so they will have to pluck their hair and then perform a fungal culture test, which takes around two weeks. The final illness must be ruled out puppy strangles, as they also start with similar lesions. There are a few major differences, depression and anorexia. Puppy strangles causing a sudden depression in a very young dog and a complete loss of appetite. Acne is either reaction.
Acne in dogs has some very effective treatment includes medical as well as home remedies. The medical treatment usually starts with topical therapy, and it will include current washes and gels. Both contain 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide used in at least 5-6 times a week.
But it is very important that you are not using any form of therapy for people as they seriously harm your dog's skin. Human acne treatments contain benzoyl peroxide 10 percent, which is four times the recommended dose for your pet. Just use a treatment approved for dogs.
Moderate to severe cases, topical antibiotic administered to control any kind of a secondary infection. They can be rubbed on your dog affected areas twice a day, which will control any secondary infections, and carry a lot of relief to your dog's. If acne is considered severe and chronic, your vet to give therapy a type of pills generally given twice daily for several weeks.
Home remedies can also be very effective if acne is not severe. This will include cleaning the affected areas with warm water and soap with a clean washcloth. This will help remove any bacteria, and help to relax the oil glands of your dog's. Echinacea in tablet or liquid form may also be used, as this will act as a mild antibiotic for your dog. Tincture of Calendula, which is from the marigold plant can also be dabbed onto the affected area on a clean cotton ball, to help wounds heal much faster.
Aloe vera gel was also very effective as a painkiller, and helps relieve itching sensation affects your dog