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Schnauzer Comedone Syndrome is often referred to as Schnauzer Bumps because it's a condition that affects a dog's skin and although it can affect other breeds, the disorder is predominantly seen in Schnauzers, hence the name. The "bumps" typically develop along a dog's spine and they are often filled with pus if they become infected. It is thought the condition develops as a result of blocked sebaceous glands found in a dog's skin. These glands excrete an oily fluid called sebum which is needed to keep hair and skin moisturised and in good condition. It’s worth noting that when dogs are exposed to a little more sun they tend to have fewer outbreaks of Schnauzer Comedone Syndrome.
Comedones are one of the commonest health problems in Schnauzers with the Miniature Schnauzer inheriting the condition from their parents and as such once the "bumps" develop, a dog will suffer from the condition for the remainder of their lives. A vet might recommend prescribing a course of antibiotics to help clear up an infection and it's essential for the course to be completed for it to be really effective and to prevent any resistance to the antibiotics building up.
The condition can develop quite suddenly with just a few small bumps forming on a dog's back. These bumps resemble warts and although unsightly, the condition is not dangerous to a dog and it cannot be transmitted to other dogs or people. Some dogs suffer from the condition throughout their lives whereas other dogs just have occasional flare ups. With this said, some dogs never develop any bumps at all throughout their lives even though they have inherited the disorder.
The problems really start when bumps become infected and fill up with pus in which case veterinary attention should be sought sooner rather than later to make life more comfortable for an affected dog and as usual, the earlier an infection is treated, the easier it is to clear up.
There are all sorts of treatment options for Schnauzer Bumps, but in reality, because it is not known what actually causes the condition a permanent cure or solution to the problem remains unknown.
Dogs with the condition tend to either have occasional breakouts or the bumps flare up on a more constant basis. It's essential for a dog's skin and coat be kept as clean as possible, but it's also crucial that any products used to manage the condition are specifically formulated for use on dogs. Shampoos that contain Benzoyl Peroxide are often recommended, but other products that can be used on dogs with the condition include the following:
Other ways of helping a dog suffering from Schnauzer Comedone Syndrome include the following:
Before changing a dog’s diet or adding any supplements to their food, it's best to discuss their condition with a vet first and to do as they recommend. A vet might suggest carrying out necessary tests before doing anything else which would rule out any other reasons and to establish that it is Schnauzer Comedone Syndrome they are suffering from.
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