Unidentified Puppy Acne 12 weeks

by Jennifer D
(Jacksonville, AR, USA)

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Reader Question: Causes of Pimples on a Pups Skin

Yoda is 12 weeks old and has been a healthy pup. But lately I've noticed these little white "pimple like" bumps. I spoke with a friend who experienced this before and she she explained about puppy acne. But it has gotten worse. I can't match it to any of the pictures to determine what kind of acne it is and I am not able to take him to the vet for a couple weeks.

We had an "oops" litter the first time my female went into heat, all the other puppies are great. 4 have gone to furever homes and are thriving and 4 are still with me while I search for them a responsible home. (Praying I find one soon) but I'm worried sick about little Yoda.

Please help me help Yoda. These pups are like my kids. My heart hurts to see them hurt.

Editor Recommendation for Pimples on a Pups Skin

Hi Jennifer,

I'm sorry to hear that little Yoda is having some issues. Based on the images you've provided, Yoda appears to have multiple, raised white bumps on his skin, which you've described as "pimple-like." While puppy acne, or canine pyoderma, can present with similar symptoms, the distribution and severity in Yoda's case seem quite extensive.

Given that Yoda is only 12 weeks old, and the condition seems to have worsened despite your initial attempts to match his symptoms to common issues, it is vital that we don't overlook other possible conditions. These bumps could be indicative of a more serious skin condition, such as a bacterial or fungal infection, or even a
reaction to an environmental allergen or parasite.

Even though you've mentioned that a vet visit is a couple of weeks away, I strongly recommend trying to move that up if at all possible. Skin conditions can deteriorate quickly, especially in puppies, and the discomfort can lead to more serious complications if they start scratching or biting the affected areas.

In the meantime, here's what you can do for Yoda:

Hygiene: Keep Yoda's living area clean and wash his bedding regularly in hot water.
Diet: Maintain a high-quality diet, which can sometimes help improve skin health.

Bathing: You might consider a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo to bathe Yoda, but do not overdo it as it can dry out his skin and exacerbate the problem.

Avoid Scratching/Biting: Monitor Yoda to ensure he doesn't aggravate the bumps by scratching or biting.

Isolation: Keep him separated from the other puppies if possible to prevent any potential spread of a contagious condition.

Medication: Without a physical examination, prescribing medication is not advisable due to the risk of complications or side effects.

I understand this is a worrying time, but you're doing the right thing by seeking advice.

Please monitor Yoda closely, and if you notice any signs of deterioration, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge, or if he becomes lethargic or loses his appetite, try to seek veterinary care immediately.

Take care of your little one, and let's hope for a speedy recovery for Yoda.

Best regards,

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

Please note: This information is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your pet's veterinarian. Always consult a vet for professional medical advice about your pet's health.

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