Pimples on His Back

by JANIE
(W.V)

MY MINIATURE SCHNAUZER HAS WHAT FEELS LIKE PIMPLES ON HIS BACK. IS THIS SOMETHING I SHOULD WORRY ABOUT??

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Aug 14, 2015
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Schnauzer bump relief
by: Anonymous

I noticed the bumps on the back of my mini schnauzer for the first time when she was about seven yrs old. I didn't know what they were until after I got her groomed and felt the bumps along her spine. I googled it and found out they were common for the schnauzer breed. I read on one website that liquid silver works so I tried it on my schnauzer. The bumps were gone in several days! It's only been a few weeks so I don't know if they will come back but it totally got rid of them in a few days.

Mar 08, 2014
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Bump in my miniature SChauzer
by: Pilsner Howard

My almost 14 years old miniature schnauzer have a bump in between the neck and the back. I squeeze the bump and comes some water or dirt and I keep squeezing. and is almost gone. My question is if is ok to do that and use peroxide to clean it?

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
I don't think peroxide is a good idea without consulting your vet first.

Mar 22, 2013
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Itchy bumps!
by: Melissa

One of my Schnauzers had lots of itchy bumps on his back most of the time, they looked like pimples & bothered him a lot.
The Vet prescribed a medicated shampoo which did nothing. I tried Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 with Almond Oil and the issue went away within a couple days.
It's pricey, but less so than the medicated shampoo from the vet, and worth it so my dog isn't suffering. Plus, the 2 in 1 conditioner/shampoo leaves their skin and hair softer & easier to groom!

Mar 04, 2013
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"Schnauzer bumps"
by: Anonymous

I've been reading many posts at this site about Schnauzer skin issues. I have run the gamut with this issue with two schnauzers and gathered the best info from several vets, including the top dermatologist at UC Davis. 1st, unfortunately Schnauzers are very prone to skin afflictions. They have an inherited weak immunity when it comes to skin...so germs and bacteria can easily take up residence and turn into a full blown infection.
The medical term for schnauzer bumps is comedo syndrome and its early stages and as it begins to effect the hair follicles, folliculitis.
One simple way to tell if it's become infective (folliculitis) is to administer a few days of cephalexin 250mg, twice daily. It will begin to clear up immediately. But who wants to keep their dogs on antibiotics frequently. If you do, you risk other issues, most commonly yeast infections. btw, a couple of Tbsp. of a good Greek yogurt a day will help with that. My 12 yo schnauzer (Max!) is not on antibiotics anymore. What have I done? Number ONE: got him off ALL grains. I home cooked for him solely for 7 years and now he gets 1/2 home cooked and 1/2 Blue Buffalo Wilderness--twice daily. Here's a hint the dermtologist gave me: Change to a new protein source(s) for your dog's staple diet. F/E I never give Max beef.....it seems to be a trigger and I also don't give him rich game meat proteins: venison, buffalo, elk, duck or goose. Pick a protein source like chicken, turkey, pork or wild caught fish (salmon, cod, etc) and stick with that. Many good grain free foods have those sources now. Be a label reader. No corn, wheat, soy, barley, rice, oats. Red & sweet potatoes are okay if not over done.
My Max also has another infective bacteria source of skin lesions that pop up on his belly. They are usually perfectly round varying sizes and they get scaly and red and very itchy.
So now on to the best shampoos out there----and believe me I have tried them all. In the initial comedo stage what works the best is a keratolytic, anti-fungal/bacterial shampoo (I use Sebulex). The key for comedones is the keratolytic properties (generally sulphur or salicylic acid). Once it has progressed to infected follicles (they start to have a weird odor and you can tell they don't feel right) and/or you are dealing with round, crusty belly spots.....THE GO TO SHAMPOO IS: Duoxo Chlorhexadine & Climbazole shampoo. Read people's reviews and comments about this product and you will be sold. It worked on my dogs and we are keeping antibiotic use to a bare minimum. For the first month you shampoo with Duoxo 2-3 times a week and after than, once a week. It's a winner and this from one who has tried Pyoben, Maloseb and everything in between.
Good luck. I am open to discussing my experiences and can be reached at (530)842-3011.

Good luck, Terri

NOTE FROM LINDA AND MAX:
Thanks for sharing that with us, Terri, very imformative.

Aug 11, 2012
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A cure for Schnauzer bumps
by: Charles Clever

My poor schnauzer was was gnawing its feet and begged to be scratched for the itching. These small bumps were everywhere.

The vet in Costa Rica said an American used Selsun Blue shampoo every week but it was not available.

I tried Head and Shoulders Dandruff shampoo and the next day the bumps were almost gone. Now I use a combination of Selsun Blue and Head and Shoulders once a week. The dog does much better now and she gets bathed when they appear again--weekly.

Nov 05, 2011
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blackheads
by: Anonymous

Our mini has the same problem.
Our vet said it was nothing to worry about- common in this breed.
It was simply dirt etc, getting trapped in the skin - becoming somewhat like a blackhead.
Our vet opened the bumps up with a syringe tip and a ball of mud came out. Our dog never even moved just stayed relaxed - obviously caused him no pain or concern.
The vet did let us know that they will come back and he has certain people that bring theirs in on a regular basis to have the bumps drained. Simple process. No big deal.

Sep 27, 2011
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Schnauzer bumps
by: Anonymous

We have 2 mini schnauzers and on eof them gets these bumps. According to our vet it is normal for this to happen. He compared them to human acne, said it was just a skin condition and nothing to worry about. We were told to just leave them alone. They could be removed, but will come back over time.

Mar 02, 2011
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Bumps on Schnauzers body
by: Anonymous

We have a 6 yr. old schnauzer and has the same problem...vet sd. nothing to worry about as schnauzer seem to get these bumps....if they get too large and causes problems when grooming then they take them off. Hope this helps.

Jan 03, 2011
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Schnauzer Bumps
by: Anonymous

We have had several Schnauzers and it was faily common with both of them. We called them Schnauzer bumps... but I believe our vet thought it was dry skin and prescribed an oil for their diet. Ask your vet- I don't think it is anything serious.

Jan 02, 2011
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pimples on back
by: Anonymous

may be comodone syndrome. Heredity skin condition.
Manageable but not curable. Ask your vet...

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