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Raised red rash/bumps on dog's chin

by Lori
(Whitsett, NC)

Chin Rash taken 6/5/12

Chin Rash taken 6/5/12

About two weeks ago, my dog developed raised bumps/rash under her chin. We thought it might be fire ant bites; however, it hasn't resolved. It also looks like foliculitis/canine acne. The bumps have popped with a minimal amount of bloody drainage.

She is a 1-year old spayed lab/hound mix with short-medium hair. The area may have become irritated from playing with a toy she likes that often rubs under her chin.

I tried cleaning 3 times daily with warm compresses and then applying 2.5% benzoylperoxide which did not seem to help. Now I am trying triple antibiotic cream. We took the toy away as well. The rash does not seem worse, but not much better. I have attached a photo taken yesterday.

Thank you.

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Jun 06, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Raised red rash/bumps on dog's chin
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Lori,
You are correct, your dog does have folliculitis/canine acne. In holistic medicine, skin eruptions can represent a 'stress' to the system, especially with a depressed immune system. Of course, there may be localized irritation, but in the majority of cases, I have not found that to be the case. This may take 3-6 weeks to clear up with some corrections in diet, supplements and skin care.

1. First, clean her chin with hydrogen peroxide or warm water, then gently squeeze the pimples. Followed by an application of hydrogen peroxide. Do this one time daily for the next 2-3 weeks.

2. Her diet should be MORE canned, and LESS DRY Dog Food. Or consider a RAW dog food diet for her.
See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options.

3. Was she recently vaccinated? Vaccines will affect the immune system and she may need homeopathic remedies to treat 'vaccinosis'.

4. Immune supplements. Consider the addition of immune supplements to her diet, such as Immuplex by Standard Process, the Missing Link or Mega C powder, if the above does not clear up the condition:

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.



Jul 05, 2012
My dog's chin has healed.
by: Lori

Dr. Tillman,

Thank you for your advice. My dog's chin has completely healed now. As you said, it would take a while to heal. Draining and keeping the wounds clean really did the trick. I already feed my dog a holistic, real food diet with supplements so no diet changes were necessary.

Thanks again.

Jul 05, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Raised red rash/bumps on dog's chin
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Lori,
Thank you so much for the update on your dog's chin. I am glad that she healed. It looks like it took about 3-4 weeks to heal.

With the good nutrition in her diet, and proper hygiene, she should not have any future problems. If she does have another outbreak, consider supplementing her with some immune support such as the options listed in my response above.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Dog Skin Conditions,
- Dog Skin Rash,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Skin Rashes, Marks, Spots, Lesions & Patches (including itchy skin and mange) Section


Jan 05, 2014
Rash help NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi
I have the same problem with my Labrador. What strength of hydrogen peroxide would you suggest for this?
Thanks

Jan 07, 2014
My Online Vet Response for: Raised red rash/bumps on dog's chin NEW
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

January 6, 2014

Dear Anonymous,
Use regular strength, (over the counter), hydrogen peroxide on the chin, for canine acne.

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Jan 07, 2014
Response to Dr. Tillman and other comment NEW
by: Lori

Yes, I used regular strength hydrogen peroxide as Dr. Tillman advised. My dog has not had any further breakouts. I adjusted her diet as well. Thank you.

Jul 17, 2014
Big lumps on chin NEW
by: Missy

Same thing but when I squeeze them pus and hair come shooting out and they whip away looks like there's a big white head in them but feels hard just noticed this today

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