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Q&A: How Can I Get Rid of My Dog's Blackheads?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

If your dog is taking prednisone for allergies, there are many alternatives that will cause fewer skin issues.

If your dog is taking prednisone for allergies, there are many alternatives that will cause fewer skin issues.

How to Get Rid of Steroid-Induced Blackheads

"My Yorkie is on steroids and getting blackheads on her body. What can I do to clear these up?" —Brenda

Dog Blackheads Treatment

By steroids, I assume you mean prednisone. We used to prescribe anabolic steroids for dogs that would not eat, but there are a lot of better alternatives now. Secondary skin infections and other problems happen a lot more often when we give steroids to larger dogs, but even small dogs like Yorkies can be affected. (1)

Once the blackheads have developed, you can bathe your dog with benzoyl peroxide shampoo to clean out the pores and keep them from getting infected. (Here are some helpful tips on how to give a medicated bath.) Be sure to leave the shampoo on the area with the blackheads for at least 10 minutes.

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Prednisone Alternatives

Blackheads are just one of the side effects of prednisone. If you are using it just for allergies, there are a lot of alternatives to prednisone that you may want to consider. If your Yorkie needs them for a medical condition like lupus or another disease, she might be okay with a smaller dose.

You can use the shampoo right away to help her, but discuss the blackheads with the veterinarian that is treating her and see if they can change the steroid dose or help you transition to an alternative.

Source

  1. Sri-Jayantha LS, Doornink MT, Urie BK. Increased risk of select glucocorticoid adverse events in dogs of higher body weight. Can Vet J. 2022 Jan;63(1):32-38. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8682939/

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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