Can dogs get pimples?

It’s always the way, isn’t it? When you want to look your best, a pimple suddenly appears. Dogs like to look good too of course, but the question we’re asking today is this: can dogs get pimples?

Zit, Fido, zit!

While your dog almost certainly doesn’t look in the mirror just before a big trip to the park and think “oh no, a zit!”, they can in fact get pimples, and several other skin conditions that would be recognisable to us humans. Your dog’s skin is covered in follicles just like ours, and they perform a similar function in that they produce oils to keep their fur and skin moisturised and healthy. And just like our follicles, fur follicles can get all blocked up with grime and grease, and this is what causes pimples. If your dog does get pimples, you’ll likely only see them around the groin, belly and muzzle where the fur is the thinnest.

In the same way that we don’t really need any help with our pimples (aside from a thumb, a forefinger, and a mirror) dogs are usually fine looking after their own blemishes without interference. If you do notice your dog getting irritated with their pimples, and therefore irritating their skin, consult your vet. There are lots of ointments and unguents out there that can help to relieve the pain and itching.



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