How to Treat Pimples on Dogs

Most pimples on dogs are nothing to worry about, and will go away on their own after a short period of time. However, if you’re concerned about your dog’s pimple and want to know what steps you can take to help clear it up quickly, here is everything you need to know:

Pimples usually go away by themselves

There are a few things to keep in mind when treating pimples on your dog. For one thing, pimples are not dangerous or contagious; they’re simply a genetic trait that some dogs have more than others. Secondly, pimples are not an indicator of skin disease or stress; instead, it’s just something that happens from time to time and doesn’t require any special treatment beyond some basic cleaning and moisturizing.

If your dog does have a lot of acne outbreaks, you may want to consult with your veterinarian about treatment options. There are no medical treatments for acne in dogs (excepting possible conditions like discoid lupus erythematosus or bacterial infections). However, there are several holistic alternative treatments available including using tea tree oil as an antiseptic wash or giving probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus capsules.

Examine the affected area.

After you’ve examined the area, it’s important to check for signs of irritation, inflammation, redness and swelling. Any of these could indicate a bacterial or fungal infection.

If you think your dog may have a pimple or acne-like cysts, take him to a vet as soon as possible!

Look at the hair surrounding the pimple. Does it seem to be growing out of the skin or does it look like it’s coming from inside? The latter might mean your dog has a cyst, which is a pocket of pus that hasn’t been released. This type of pimple can be dangerous and should be treated by a vet immediately.

See if there is any oozing or draining coming from the pimple.

  • If there is no oozing or drainage, it is likely that the pimple is just a pimple. The easiest way to check for this is by gently squeezing the area around your dog’s face and looking for any sort of discharge as well as watching for any signs of discomfort on their part.
  • If there is oozing, it is likely that the pimple has become infected and will need further treatment with antibiotics, anti-fungal medications, or home remedies such as apple cider vinegar rinses in order to heal properly without damaging your dog’s sensitive skin further.
  • If there is drainage (fluid coming out), then you can assume that your dog has an open wound somewhere on his body—and if not treated immediately may result in serious complications like abscesses (pockets of pus deep inside layers of tissue) which would require surgery in humans but mean something far worse for dogs since their immune systems are much weaker than ours are!

Determine if there are more than one pimple.

If you notice that your dog has more than one pimple, it is likely that your pet has a more serious skin condition and you should take him or her to the vet.

If there are only one or two pimples present, they will most likely go away by themselves. However, if they start to spread over a large area of your pet’s body then it’s likely time for a trip to the vet!

If the pimple is painful, your dog may be uncomfortable and not want to move. If the pimple is itchy, your dog may be uncomfortable and want to scratch it. If the pimple is sore, your dog may be uncomfortable and want to lick it (which can spread bacteria).

Decide if a professional diagnosis is needed.

If you are not sure what is causing the pimple, take your pet to the vet. If a skin condition is suspected, a veterinarian will be able to diagnose it with certainty and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment for some conditions (like allergies or food intolerance) may involve prescription medication or nutritional supplements. Other conditions may require topical creams or other over-the-counter remedies that can be purchased at most pharmacies.

If you are sure what is causing the pimple—for example, that it’s an ingrown hair from grooming—then you can treat it yourself using these steps:

Do not squeeze it, even if you are tempted; this can lead to infection as well as further scaring of your pet’s skin.

Do not use any chemicals on the area; this includes over-the-counter medications such as salves, creams and topical applications. These may irritate your dog’s skin and cause more problems than they solve.

Stay away from home remedies! These are often found in books or online blogs by people who don’t know what they are doing, so proceed with caution if you feel tempted to try one anyway!

Try some aloe vera gel on the pimple, ensuring you rinse off any excess so that your pet will not lick it off and become unwell.

Aloe vera gel is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it can help with swelling and healing of the blemish, which in turn might make your pet more comfortable.

Try some aloe vera gel on the pimple, ensuring you rinse off any excess so that your pet will not lick it off and become unwell. This can help with swelling and healing of the blemish, which in turn might make your pet more comfortable.


Congratulations on successfully helping your pet in their time of need! It is not always easy to deal with pimples, but you were able to do it. Just remember that your vet is there for a reason and if you are unsure about anything, give them a call.