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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


  • 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.


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

Australian german shepherd mix
18 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Some scabbing
Some redness
Possible puss filled 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
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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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Labrador Retriever
6 Months
Moderate condition
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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
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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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English Cocker Spaniel
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms


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
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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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Golden Retriever
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms


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
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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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