Puppy Pyoderma: Symptoms, Causes, and Effective Treatments

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Usually mild.

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Key points

  • Pyoderma causes raised red bumps on the skin, called papules.
  • Puppy Pyoderma might cause itchiness, but sometimes the rash is the only symptom.
  • Puppy Pyoderma is typically found on areas of the body with less hair, including the groin, armpits, and abdomen.
  • Puppy Pyoderma is not contagious to humans or other animals.
  • A veterinarian should confirm the diagnosis and prescribe treatment if required, but some cases resolve without treatment.

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Symptoms & types

Puppy pyoderma is quite common amongst young dogs and, although it might need some treatment from your veterinarian, it’s not usually serious.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Puppies are prone both because their immune system is immature and their skin barrier is more easily broached.

Best treatment options

Home remedies and their effectiveness

When to see a vet



Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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