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What is Puppy Impetigo?

Skin conditions are common in dogs (and other animals and people) because bacteria naturally live on the skin. It is only due to certain situations that these bacteria cause an infection such as if your puppy is hypersensitive or has another condition that causes the immune or endocrine system to be imbalanced. If your dog has a rash with crusty lesions and blisters with no other symptoms, it is likely that your puppy has impetigo. There are different classifications of impetigo, which are surface pyoderma, superficial bacterial folliculitis, and deep pyoderma.

Puppy impetigo (pyoderma, juvenile pustular dermatitis) is an infection caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus, also called staph infection. There are many different types of staphylococcus strains which can affect dogs as well as people and may be passed back and forth.Highly contagious, it is also resistant to antibiotics rendering it hard to eliminate. The infection starts as an itchy red rash that can occur on any area without hair on your puppy. When the areas of impetigo are scratched, the blisters break easily and become painful. Although this condition may resolve itself without any treatment, antibiotics can speed up the recovery time and prevent spreading. Without prompt treatment, impetigo can spread to other areas, which can cause hair loss, deep tissue infection, and even weight loss.

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Symptoms of Puppy Impetigo in Dogs

The symptoms of impetigo may include:

  • Areas of acne or rash
  • Small patches of inflamed skin
  • Skin infections
  • Pus filled blisters
  • Crust and scales
  • Scratching, licking, and biting areas of infection
  • Hair loss
  • Depression
  • Weight loss

 Types

  • Surface pyoderma is usually mild and only affects the top layer of skin where there is no hair
  • Superficial bacterial folliculitis can also affect areas of skin with hair and the folds of the skin
  • Deep pyoderma is able to get into the deeper layers of tissue through a break in the skin that may be caused by scratching

Causes of Puppy Impetigo in Dogs

The cause of puppy impetigo is not well understood but may be any damage to the skin, or your dog’s immune or endocrine system. When the body’s system is compromised, the bacteria are able to grow to an uncontrolled amount. Some of the common causes are:

  • Fleas
  • Food allergy
  • Insect bite
  • Mange
  • Urine scalding
  • Compromised immune system
  • Weakened endocrine system

Diagnosis of Puppy Impetigo in Dogs

Diagnosing your puppy will include a complete physical assessment, medical background, laboratory testing, and imaging. The veterinarian will want to know if your puppy has had any illnesses or injuries recently. Abnormal appetite or behavior will be noted as well. Immunizations, and overall health are important to discuss and at this time you should let the veterinarian know if you have given your puppy any kind of medication (prescription and over the counter) because this can affect the diagnosis. 

The veterinarian will do a complete and thorough examination of your dog from head to tail, which will include a detailed check of the skin and coat. In order to evaluate the skin issue, the veterinarian will take a skin scraping to get a tissue sample for microscopic examination, samples of the fluid or pus from the blisters for cytological analysis and direct impression smears of the lesions. A bacterial and fungal culture, chemical panel, complete blood count, urinalysis, and blood glucose level can rule out infection or conditions such as mite infestation. If the veterinarian suspects an underlying illness, x-rays may be needed for verification.

Treatment of Puppy Impetigo in Dogs

Treating your puppy for impetigo usually consists of shampoos, creams, and antibiotics. In severe cases, or if your puppy has an underlying disorder that caused the impetigo, further medication or treatment may be needed.

Medicated Shampoo

There are many different medicated shampoos that can be used for this condition, but your veterinarian should be able to tell you which is best for your dog. Some of the choices are benzoyl peroxide, ethyl lactate, and chlorhexidine. You will be instructed how often to use the shampoo, but it is usually once or twice a week for a month.

Topical Antibiotic Ointment

Some of the topical creams or ointments that your veterinarian may prescribe are mupirocin, neomycin, and polymyxin.

Antibiotics

Your veterinarian will probably prescribe a systemic antibiotic such as erythromycin, cephalexin, or clindamycin for 6-8 weeks. In some cases, it may take more than one round of antibiotics due to resistant bacteria.

Recovery of Puppy Impetigo in Dogs

The prognosis for your puppy is excellent once you get treatment. It is extremely rare for any type of impetigo to be fatal in any dog. The underlying condition may be more of an issue, but with treatment, the prognosis is still good when discovered early. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s instructions exactly and call if you have any questions or concerns about the healing of the skin.

Puppy Impetigo Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mack
pitbull
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pus filled Bumps
Redness
Scabs

I'm not exactly sure that my dog has Impetigo because he is an older puppy but He has the rash around his groin and belly but is also licking his paws a lot and rubbing his face with them. I've read other things that suggest it could be a yeast infection or some kind of summer allergy. Any suggestions on what you think it really is.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
From reading the first few words of your question I was already thinking allergies whether from the environment or from diet; if these symptoms have suddenly appeared, you need to determine what the specific cause is or what has changed recently in your home or to the diet which may result in possible allergies (although a dog may develop an allergy to anything). You should also consult with your Veterinarian since there are pus filled bumps to to see if the cause may be due to allergies infection, parasites, autoimmune disease or another cause so that the correct course of treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Comet
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

cluster of pimples on inner legs

i have a 6 month old yellow Labrador retriever, male.

i took him to the parlour for a shave for the first time and i noticed redish cluster of fine pimples between his inner legs around his genitals and moving upwards, I am concerned that it has begun to spread.

are there any treatments at whole i can try to see if it clears up?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1415 Recommendations
If Comet has a mild skin irritation, keeping the area clean with an antibacterial soap and a thorough rinse, twice a day, may help clear it up. If it continues to spread and isn't improving, he should see hes veterinarian, as he may need therapy. I hope that all goes well for him.

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LOgan
Golden Retriever
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

rashes

i am vegeterian and am having 3 months old golden retriever . I am giving him royal canin dog food, and banana watermelon apple sapotta all without seeds. He drinks a glass of milk twice a day, he is fond of potato, sweet potato, beans ,beetroot, carrot , spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, i mix these boiled veggies with white rice and give, i give curd rice. he loves Indian Bread (chapati ,ie a food made out of wheat flour). Is this ok for him, or do i need to avoid any of these, kindly suggest me anything other
than these. my mail id: [email protected]

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations

As for the foods you have listed: banana, watermelon (no seeds or rind) and apple (no seeds) are fine in small amounts; potato (boiled no peel), sweet potato (boiled no peel), beetroot, carrot (cooked), spinach (cooked), cabbage (be careful as it may cause gas) and cauliflower (be careful as it may cause gas) are also OK for dogs in small amounts; there are many different types of beans, some of which may be not suitable for dogs. As for feeding chapatis (concerns about gluten) and milk (lactose) to dogs, there is varying opinions on the suitability of these for dogs so I won’t start a debate here; however, you must remember that a dog’s digestive tract and body in general is designed to get its nutrients from meat which is a high quality protein compared with plant derived protein. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Good day., I've just read your article. My shipoo have impetigo., almost 80% of his buddy have that., then some part if her buddy got hot spot., so i bring to the vet. It's almost 1month but it's not working., every week were going to the vet so that they can check may dog but., its getting worst.

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Elveera
Labrador Retriever
15 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching bumps, scabbing, pus filled
Itching

How can I comfort my dogs itching n help soothe her I believe it’s possibly impetigo but would like an opinion to help her till I can afford to take her to the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons that Elveera may be itching, including parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. Without knowing what you're treating, it is difficult to give the right treatment. Until she can be seen by a veterinarian, you may be able to sooth her skin with warm water baths, but I wouldn't use any particular type of shampoo without knowing what is wrong with her. It would be best to have her seen as soon as possible to get treatment started for her so that she is comfortable. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' that may allow you to have her seen sooner rather than later.

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Daisy
chug
10 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crusted spots
Irritated skin
Bumps
Redness
Itching

My sweet Daisy was boarded with someone for 10 days and came home with red, slightly bloody, sore feet (she isn't walking really slowly and gingerly) that she won't leave alone. She also has crusted spots low on her belly that she is adamant I don't get close to and is just overall blah acting. Is this likely imepetigo? I have to leave town again in 5 days, I should take her to the vet to start getting treatment right?

I am pretty sure the answer is yes, but also don't want to overreact

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
Without examining Daisy I cannot confirm whether it is puppy impetigo or another condition; you should take her to your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm your suspicion (or diagnose a different condition) and to ensure that Daisy receives the correct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scout
Australian german shepherd mix
18 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Some scabbing
Some redness
Possible puss filled bumps
Bumps,

Hi, I just noticed that my australian/German shepherd mix has bumps around his inner thighs and groin area that appear to be puss filled. There is some redness and scabbing in those areas as well, but not much, mostly bumps. Have not seen these on him before but would love a suggestion to try before going to the vet. I haven't noticed him scratching in this area, he does not have fleas and appears to be completely fine otherwise.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3000 Recommendations
If you’re noticing pus filled pimples it may be a case that Scout has vesiculopustular dermatoses which commonly is a bacterial infection of the skin but may have other underlying causes; the area of the skin may be easily scratched if Scout likes to itch his groin area on objects. Without examining him I cannot confirm a cause, but it would be something to visit your Veterinarian about as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/skin-blisters-vesiculopustular-dermatoses

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Bailey
English Cocker Spaniel
15 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rash

My English Cocker Spaniel has been constantly experiencing a rash on his groin area that are circular and crusty. He is 15 months old. I have taken him to the vet 3 times to get it treated in the past, however it keeps coming back. All winter, he didn't have it. But when the weather becomes warmer, the rash returns. I don't know what to do. He gets medicated washes, and is always professionally groomed. I can't keep giving him antibiotics for the rest of his life, and going to vet constantly. I just want to know how I can stop this skin condition

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1415 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. Without examining Bailey, it is difficult for me to comment on what might be happening, but he may have a seasonal allergy, based on your description of the rash occurring during warmer weather. It sounds like you take good care o f his coat and skin, so he might benefit from an anti-histamine or a medication for allergies. If you can keep the rash from becoming infected, he might not need antibiotics as frequently. It would be a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about the seasonal type pattern of his rashes, and discuss anti-allergy therapy with them, as there are many effective medications to help with that.

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