Is impetigo on dogs contagious? Canine impetigo is non-contagious, unlike impetigo in humans. The condition is relatively benign providing that underlying factors are eliminated with prompt treatment of the lesions.
How long does impetigo in dogs last? The typical treatment for pyoderma is antibiotic therapy for a minimum of three to four weeks. In chronic or recurrent cases, it is important to perform a skin culture and antibiotic sensitivity test to ensure that the proper antibiotic is used. Antibiotics in these cases may be needed for 8 to 12 weeks.
How does impetigo start in dogs? The infection may start as an itchy red rash that can occur on any area without hair on your puppy. When the areas of impetigo are scratched, the blisters break easily and become painful. Although this condition may resolve itself without any treatment, antibiotics can speed up the recovery time and prevent spreading.
How do you get rid of impetigo on a dog? What is the management? Chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide applied twice daily will usually clear the condition. Excellent benzoyl peroxide shampoos are available to treat this condition. In severe cases, your veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics, to be given orally or topically ie applied to the skin.