Dogs are messy and unclean, and that’s why we love them. They have the personalities that we love and enjoy. Playful, enthusiastic, always looking to do something a bit risky and want to run and roll around in the mud. This can and does bring with it, it’s own set of problems; mainly hygiene. All that rolling around in the muck, can make your dog invite some nasty critters on board and make a home in their fur and or skin. A small little red mark could eventually turn out to be very dangerous if you leave it unchecked. But then again, small red dots are common on not just on dogs but humans too. Therein lies the issues, a lack of knowledge regarding dog health. What spots are harmless and will go away, and what spots are more serious? Every dog breed is different but all of them go through the same common concerns at some point. So if you see a red mark, pay close attention to it if your dog exhibits the following signs.
Going through teenage years
Just as human beings will go through a teenage transformation, so do dogs. Dog acne is quite common. If you have raised your pet from birth or childhood, get ready for some pretty nasty spots to appear on your dog’s ears, face and sometimes even chest and paws. Firstly it’s quite normal, so don’t panic when you wake up one day to see your dog is covered in large red spots. They might show some abnormal behavior such as excessive scratching, rubbing on furniture and rolling around aggressively on the floor. They are going through a hormonal change and just like humans, their skin is changing to be tougher, thicker and more mature. Dog acne usually happens within the first 5 years or so of a dog’s life, so keep an eye out if this is relevant to your dog.
Again, just like human acne, you should not burst the spots. This can lead to permanent damage to the skin and create a ‘pothole’ look on the surface. Popping spots can also lead to infection, which leads to yet more acne, so don’t give in to temptation and make things worse. The vet will give you medicine that you can give your dog to lessen the inflammation and also give your dog a painkiller. The vet can also give your dog spot treatment that is similar to humans such as creams and ointments. However, the best daily solution is to wash the affected areas with a mild soap or shower gel. Topical creams like Benzoyl peroxide can be rubbed gently into the spots to help kill the acne.
The hot summer bumps
During the summer dogs can get a bit too frisky. It’s mating season around about this time so dogs can quite literally lose their senses and become very excited at any moment. This can also lead them to do bizarre things like roll around in mud, in the grass and also run wild. They have a lot of energy and running through flowers and meadows where their noses are stimulated the most is like a dream come true. But we all know what also visits meadows around this time of the year. Plenty of insects, of all kinds, will be buzzing and crawling around the parks and open fields during the summer. What your dog won’t know is that mosquitoes are just waiting for an animal to walk by so they can cling on and get to work sucking their blood.
If you see a large but relatively flat red bump, that kind of looks like a volcano in its shape, you should call a professional pest control team like ABC Pest Control. They are experts in mosquito control and can help your dog stay out of harm’s way. They have treatments that aren’t going to harm dogs or humans and only kill the bloodsuckers that land on your dog. They can also look for signs on the dog of infection or some kind of virus the mosquitos might have transmitted. Equally as helpful, they can recommend pet-friendly mosquito sprays or shampoos that can protect your dog while he or she runs through a field.
Is it just a rash?
Dogs can have rashes just like humans, but they tend to make things worse by repeatedly scratching. We know what awaits our skin if we keep on digging away at our layers. Soon the rash will become raw, and eventually, our nails will carve our channels that lead to bleeding. Infection is quite easy in dogs that scratch too much and it’s because they often use their own teeth. When they do this, they cut open their skin with their sharp canines. Dermatitis is not as common in dogs as it is in humans. However allergic reactions can cause excessive scratching. This can again eventually lead to spots underneath the fur that feel like small bumps.
Take your dog to the vet to see what the exact problem is. The vet might see fit to put a cone around your dog to stop her or him from puncturing their skin. Topical creams are again going to be given to sooth the inflammation. However dermatitis can also be triggered by insect bites, so the vet might need to see if there are any other kinds of puncture marks on the skin. Different treatments for the same condition are often used by vets to secure all bases. While your dog is recovering, make sure to bandage up the affected area and use a mild soap to not dry out the skin any further.
Small little dots on your dog are usually nothing to be worried about. Just give your dog a simple bath and most things will be sorted out. However, if your dog is very young and you see acne spots developing, take your pet to the vet where topical creams can be given to you. Don’t pop the spots and wash the area daily to prevent bacteria and germs from building up.