My dog has these little red/ pink sores or bumps above his mouth below his nose. Is this familiar to anyone? Any suggestions?


Hello Maggie,

Sorry to see the pink bumps on your pooch’s face. From the picture, it looks like he has canine acne. This is a common skin problem in young dogs and particularly common in certain breeds with short hair, like Boxers. Just so you know, there are several types of dog acne.

Types of Dog Acne

● Superficial acne- This looks like little bumps on your dog’s nose or chin.
● Juvenile acne- This type of acne is set off by hormonal changes.
● Nasal Acne- These outbreaks are due to your dog’s nose getting hit from overzealous digging or playing.
● Hyperkeratosis- A dog may develop calluses from too much keratin in his body. These calluses look a lot like pimples.
● Interdigital acne-Young dogs may get little boils on the skin of his paws. The boils show up because of hair stubble pushing against the skin when the dog walks.

From these descriptions, it sounds like your dog has superficial acne. The good news is that this acne can clear up naturally. But you can do a few things to help reverse the acne and prevent new breakouts.
1. Keep the area clean by bathing your pooch weekly with a medicated shampoo.
2. In between, mix up apple cider vinegar with water and spray it directly on the pimples.
3. Boost your dog’s immune system- When a dog has a strong immune system, he’ll be less prone to allergies and infections. We recommend that you boost your pet’s immune system with our product called Primalix Immune. Made of a unique holistic herbal formula, it strengthens and regulates the immune system.
4. I’d suggest you also try another herbal product of ours that helps fight off infection. It’s called Relive Multi-Herbal Multi-System Liquid Detox. It’s a great way to rejuvenate your dog’s health. This can also help with allergies.

Which, by the way, dog allergies can be the culprit of canine acne. Your dog may be allergic to these things.

● Food-chicken, wheat or dairy products
● Environment-outside irritants that trigger his immune system
● Household chemicals-cleaning chemicals, perfumes or household sprays

Try eliminating chicken from your dog’s diet to see if the acne clears up. If not, then try eliminating wheat or remove environmental things that could be an allergen for your dog. Of course, if the acne spreads or gets worse, take your dog to her holistic vet right away. Your vet can scrape the area and test for parasites, mites or fungus.

I hope your dog’s pink spots clear up soon. Let us know if you have any other questions, we’re here to help.

The NWP Team

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