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Q. My 7 month Norwish has lose black pigment on his lips. Skin is pink, kind of dry. Chin hair is scarce and picky. Why?

A. This sounds very much like a condition we see commonly in pets called "chin acne". Chin acne is common in certain breeds and adolescent dogs and cats. Sometimes it is mild black pinpoint raised lesions or "blackheads" on the chin associated with hair loss. If it becomes pruritic, pets can often rub their face and create secondary bacterial infections of the skin as well. The most effective treatment for chin acne consists of flushing the hair follicles with products containing benzoyl peroxide, rinse the area, dry it and then apply mupirocin ointment. For managing the condition long term, omega 3 fatty acid supplements can help also. If there are signs of a bacterial infection also (pustules, draining wounds, yellow crusting), then an oral antibiotic prescribed by your veterinarian is also required.

You can copy and paste the links below for some ideas of good over the counter products that can be used for managing chin acne.

(http://www.petsmart.com/dog/skin-coat-care/21st-century-healthy-skin-coat-dog-supplement-zid36-13000/cat-36-catid-100057?var_id=36-13000&_t=pfm%3Dcategory

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

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