Canine Acne

[#Pet Name] has been diagnosed with Canine Acne


Canine Acne is a cosmetic problem of young dogs, especially short-coated breeds such as Boxers and Bulldogs. Canine Acne appears as red bumps and blackheads on the chin and lips.

Canine Acne - Agoura Hills Animal Hospital


There is no specific cause for Canine Acne, however genetics, hormones and trauma have been hypothesized to play a role.


Red bumps (papules) and blackheads on the chin and lips may become infected forming pustules which are itchy. Affected dogs may rub their face against carpet or furniture.


A diagnosis is usually made based on visual inspection and consideration of the age and breed.
Other conditions to be ruled out are:

  • Demodectic Mange
  • Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)
  • Puppy Strangles (Pyoderma)
  • Vinyl Chloride (Plastic) Contact dermatitis


Topical benzoyl peroxide gel
Topical Antibiotics
Oral Antibiotics  (6 weeks of antibiotics for chronic cases)

Other Information:

Canine Acne is not a serious threat to your pet. Most dogs outgrow the condition. Severe or untreated cases of Canine Acne may result in permanent hair loss and scarring. [#Pet Name] should be re-evaluated when you have finished administering the antibiotics.

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