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So a few days ago I noticed that Zeus had a pimple on the bottom of his chin. I had some leftover chlorhexidine wipes from when he had pimples when he was a little over a year old, and they cleared him up. I had taken him to the vet (during his initial flare up last year) and he told me the wipes are what he would've recommended (I believe someone here told me about them before I went to the vet) and I dont recall him prescribing anything to us. He suggested nkt using a plastic bowl anymore, so we changed to a stainless steel one.

Well now, the one pimple has grown to 4 or 5, and today one of them ruptured and started bleeding. I was so upset! I hate seeing my baby in pain (though he wasnt showing any distress) and I don't know if the wipes are helping or not.

Is it normal for an almost 2 year old to get pimple flare ups? He has a stainless steel bowl that we wash every day. He hasn't had any chin issues since last November/December. Should I take him to the vet or continue cleaning his chin and monitoring? Could pimples be a seasonal allergy type thing, since this happened at around the same time last year? Sorry for the 10,000 questions!
 

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I'm definitely interested in seeing what everyone says. Ace has had acne for the past year, just as you described. It ebbs and flows on severity. I've tried everything, and even the Apoquel he's on has helped everything but that area.

Good luck!
 

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Oh no!

I personally never had luck even with stainless steel and my dogs need to have ceramic bowls. That works for us.
 

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Has there been any changes in his diet? With Lois it was pretty obvious when she arrived at age 3 that she'd had extensive acne for a very long time. She has no hair on the bottom of her chin or the front of her muzzle and a lot of pimples with the first food we had her on. However when we switched to the Purina Focus for sensitive skin and stomach (in the hopes of improving her stomach issues) one of the happy side effects was that her acne completely resolved itself. Now the only time she has a flareup is when she gets into the other dogs' food.
 

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My Harvard got chin pimples every so often while he was young. Keeping his water bowl clean (stainless steel) and wiping his muzzle down always cleared it up. They never seemed to actually bother him - but they bothered me! He is currently a couple of months shy of 12, and has not had them in about 9 years or so.
 

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I've rarely had problems with chin pimples--I've had visiting dogs (sometimes for months who did have them and since I feed in stainless steel bowls and wash them out with hot water, detergent after EACH meal and I wash out--not just rinse-- the big water bucket at least once a day (twice a day during the warmer months I did notice that by the time they went home the chin pimples generally were gone.

But while I had those dogs I wiped their chin off after every meal and after drinking and if there were big pimples and or open and bleeding pimples I wiped them down with a weak chlorhexadine solution until they dried up.

I know that switching to ceramnic worked for a friend of mine whose young male kept getting pimple on his chin even after switching to stainless steel.

The chin pimples don't seem to be the result of allergies but rather bacterial infections--so I doubt that they are due to seasonal allergies. But that's just my opinion and if I'd tried the things that have worked for others I'd probably bite the bullet and take a dog of mine that continued to have outbreaks of chin pimples to a dermatologist/allergist.

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Thank you for the responses! You know me...any sign of something wrong and I go into instant panic mode. Today the pimples are already looking less prominent (likely because of last nights rupture). I'm continuing to use the chlorhexidine wipes, and like dobebug mentioned I'll probably start wiping his chin after every meal. Question for you @dobebug, did you use just a wet rag to wipe with for your dogs every day chin cleaning, or did you use soap or chlorhexidine with it?
@Saskdobie, we've been slowly transitioning him to Hills Science Diet over the past month..very slowly because his digestive system is super sensitive to change and he gets pudding poops easily. He's been doing well and is now on solely Hills. Im not sure if it's a contributer to his acne, but if we do go back to the dermatologist (we're due for a follow up appointment anyway in regards to his seasonal allergies) I'll bring it up and see what she says. Thank you for that. :)

If the pimples don't go away, I'll look into ceramic bowls. I love his stainless steel one because it's a slow feeder (it has a big hump molded in the center so it's shaped kind of like a donut). I'm not sure if ceramics come in slow feeder types, but I'll certainly look around.
@Chesa, Zeus and Ace might be long lost brothers! Lol, I swear whenever you post something about him, it's a mirror of what I'm going through with Zeus! Here's hoping both of our teenage doberboys get all of their pimple and allergy issues under control sooner rather than later! But, I'm sure just like you, despite all the issues I wouldn't trade him in for any other dog in the world. :)
 

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You can always put an upside-down smaller bowl or even a largish rock in the bottom of a ceramic one to get a similar shape. They also make porcelain balls that you can put in the bowl which would probably be easier to keep clean.

But dogs are made to gulp and snarf food down as fast as they can. Does he really need a slow feeder??
 

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You can always put an upside-down smaller bowl or even a largish rock in the bottom of a ceramic one to get a similar shape. They also make porcelain balls that you can put in the bowl which would probably be easier to keep clean.

But dogs are made to gulp and snarf food down as fast as they can. Does he really need a slow feeder??

He used to gulp so quickly that he would throw up his food. That was a while ago and I haven't tried not having a slow feeder since. If we go ceramic, I may give it a try and see how he does. :)
 

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Just wetting my dogs food a little bit put a stop to the puking the food back up problem.

That said, we did have one ceramic bowl that had a raised center part that made it a "slow feeder". They do exist.
 

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CHIN Pimples...
- sign of Liver organ, working overtime...Top Holistic Vet, share this with us
- Liver can't totally cleanse all the bad filler ingredients, in the commercial dog food brand
- so pimples break out, on the most sensitive & soft chin skin...easiest place to show up, on body

a) clean out S/S water bowl, frequently
- Kelly washes her mouth out in the dish, once a day
- I call it heavy water LOL

b) change her diet / we use high end kibble & mix in homemade cooked meat/Veggy stew
- even Kelly's thin neck hair patch, grew back in full finally / zero pimples now
- her neck dryness also cleared up, the itchy patch comply gone
(we don't even restrict, small bites of human food either)

^^ Remember - Dogs coat is their biggest organ.
- troubling visual health signs, always lead back to flaws in pet nutrition
 

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Gamer--I do not just wipe the mouth and chin with a wet rag. If I have a dog with chin pimples I keep a weak solution of chlorhexadine made up in the kitchen and I have a zillion cheap wash cloths and I use a clean wash cloth saturated in the cholorhexadine solution to wipe the chin and mouth. Toss that wash cloth in the laundry--I use a different clean one for every wiping of the dogs mouth/chin.

Good luck--that has worked for me. And I don't try to slow fast eaters down. Even for puppies who sometimes gulp food so fast they end up puking some or all of it up (which I let them re-eat) I always wet kibble slightly and most pups learn (when they aren't competing with other puppies in a big bowl) to slow down enough to swallow the gulps of food and don't puke it up. Eating fast for canids is a survival skill--and they really are adapted to eat huge meals as fast as they can and then go and sleep them off. Eating fast makes sure you get enough food--slow eaters starve to death and get removed from the gene pool that way. Just a FYI.

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Chin pimples

Our dobe used to get the chin pimples and our vet said it was a staph infection. We used gauze pads soaked in a diluted Chlorhexadine solution and rubbed his chin rather vigorously several X a day. You can buy Chlorhexadine quite inexpensively at a lot of feed stores and you use very little when you dilute it.
We were lucky that we had some small egg shaped rocks that we ran through the dishwasher and put in his ceramic bowl. Don't think that made any difference in anything except it made me feel better that he wasn't gulping his food.
 
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