28–31 Weeks: What to Expect From Your Puppy
Three Ways to Treat Puppy Acne
You may have thought that acne was just a human malady but it's actually present in canines, too. Most often you'll see it around this age though adult dogs can get it as well. In canines, acne is a development of comedones, or blackheads. They can get it anywhere on their bodies. Some breeds are more susceptible to acne, such as Boxers, English Bulldogs and Dobies.
The signs that your puppy has acne include scabs, swellings, and blackheads. You're most likely to see acne on the chin, lips and muzzle. It usually goes unnoticed by your puppy unless it develops into a bacterial infection. If this happens, you will probably notice your pup trying to scratch his face on furniture or the rug. Luckily, canine acne is easily treatable.
Treating Canine Acne
If your pup has acne without a secondary bacterial infection, it's likely your vet will choose not to treat it. However, it must be treated with one of the following if there is an infection:
Antibiotics - Your pup will be put on antibiotics for several weeks. Be sure to follow the dosing carefully and consistently.
Anti-Inflammatory - To ease the itching and the pain, this will likely be prescribed.
Retinoid Therapy - This is similar to human treatment where the sebaceous glands are stopped.
Canine acne cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Be sure to check with your vet if there is any sign of infection or any other symptoms that make you suspect it's something besides acne. For example. mite bites can mimic acne. You can help lessen the length of time the acne is present by cleaning with an anti-acne soap such as Benzoyl Peroxide but be certain your pup does not ingest any.
With a few simple tasks, you can help your puppy get through this trying time, though, luckily for him, it's not as trying as it is for humans.
Advice from Other Dog Owners
How to Keep Your Puppy Off the Christmas Tree
Puppies should be supervised at all times. She or he should be crated while alone, leashed while you are around. Time to teach the "leave it" command. You will really mean it when you fear for the dogs safety! Baby gates might deter him - unless he's that curious kind that looks to defeat all confinement. If he's leashed it's easy to give a sharp leash correction if he goes near the tree. Put the tree up for a few days without trimming to get the dog used to it without risking fragile ornaments.
~Liz H., owner of German Shepherd mix
When Puppies Lose Their Teeth
Puppies have a full set of 28 milk teeth - 4 canines, 12 incisors and 12 molars. The incisors and canines grow in first, the molars last. At around three to four months of age, your dog is going to start losing milk teeth and growing in her adult set of teeth, which consists of a total of 42 teeth - a lot more than the puppy teeth she has. The first to fall out are going to be her incisors, her front teeth. She will start growing her adult incisors first. Around four to five months of age you will see her adult molars and canines to grow in. By about six months, she should have her full set of adult teeth.
~Chris & Brian C., owner of German Shepherd