Dog Tip Tuesday – Prevent acne with the right bowls

Unless you’ve been there/done that, even the most savvy dog owner may not know that dogs can get acne. Canine acne looks like red bumps on the dog’s chin. It indicates a little infection of the skin, and just like for people, may be painful.

Some kinds of dogs are more likely to suffer from canine acne – especially those with wrinkles or folds of skin around their mouths. All of our dogs have some – especially Teddy and Torque, the French Bulldogs.

One step in prevention is the same as for people – keep it clean. Torque is an especially messy eater, so his face always gets at least a quick rinse when he’s done. (A damp washcloth usually does the trick.) Once a week the boys get a thorough face washing as part of their regular “ablutions” – nails, teeth, ears, etc.

dog bowl selection at Golly Gear

We have a wide selection of bowls, including the recommended ceramic and stainless choices.

Another part, which is just as crucial – is to only use ceramic or stainless steel bowls for food and water for your dogs. Plastic bowls are a cause of canine acne, in addition to leaching chemicals into the food or water. Stainless steel or glazed bowls will prevent┬á“muzzle folliculitis” or dog acne and have the added advantage of being dishwasher-safe.

Plastic bowls are fine for short-term use – there’s nothing more convenient than a collapsible bowl for a trip to the park or to tuck in a training bag for class. But for always-available water and meals, stick to stainless or ceramic and save your pup from uncomfortable and unsightly canine acne.

 

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