If your otherwise healthy puppy has suddenly developed a case of acne on its belly, it might be suffering from a condition known as puppy pyoderma, which closely resembles impetigo. While this skin disease isn't dangerous, it can make your puppy extremely uncomfortable, especially when the pimples start opening and oozing. When that happens, your puppy may start itching uncontrollably. Here are four steps to take if your puppy has pyoderma.
Launder the Bedding
If your puppy has pyoderma, you'll need to wash its bedding as soon as possible. This skin disorder can keep returning if it isn't taken care of quickly. Wash the bedding in hot water and add about ½ cup of liquid bleach to the wash water. For best results, purchase a second bed and switch the beds out each day until the skin condition has cleared up. Having two puppy beds will allow you to wash one while your pup uses the other one.
Give Your Puppy a Bath
While your puppy has an active case of pyoderma, you'll need to give it daily baths. Fill the tub or sink with warm water and add about 1 tablespoon of antiseptic liquid soap. Place your puppy in the water and get it nice and wet. Place a small amount of antiseptic soap and carefully wash your puppy's belly. Once you've washed its belly, wash the rest of your puppy and then rinse it well with fresh water. Dry your puppy thoroughly with a soft towel.
Relieve the Rash
Pyoderma can cause itching and discomfort. To relieve those symptoms, you should apply a generous amount of antibiotic ointment several times a day. The antibiotic ointment will stop the itch and prevent infection. This is particularly important since the condition may cause your pup to scratch at the sores.
See the Vet
In most cases, puppy pyoderma will go away with at-home treatment. However, in some cases the sores can become infected. If your puppy has developed a fever, or if the sores have developed a smelly discharge, you'll need to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If your puppy has raised, red pimples on its belly, it probably has a case of puppy pyoderma. This skin condition can make your pup downright uncomfortable. Use the simple tips provided above to treat the condition and help relieve the discomfort. If the symptoms persist, be sure to have your puppy professionally groomed. Severe conditions can be treated with medicated shampoos.