Schnauzer Bumps

Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome

What is Comedo Syndrome or ‘Schnauzer Bumps’?

Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome, also known as ‘Schnauzer Bumps,’ is a common skin disorder for Schnauzers, but can also be found in other breeds. These bumps are wart-like in appearance, or may look like pimples or blackheads. They typically show up along the dog’s back or spine, but are not contagious or harmful to the dog. 

How to Diagnose Schnauzer Bumps

‘Schnauzer bumps’ are not tumors or cysts (https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/cysts). Both cysts and tumors usually grow, and a veterinarian should be consulted to determine if a test is needed. Changes in the size, shape, color or ulceration of any growth or lump are also a cause for concern (https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-skin-cancer-types-symptoms-treatment/).

What Causes ‘Schnauzer Bumps’ & How to Treat

‘Schnauzer bumps’ are not caused by any one thing, they are a skin condition that only requires a few changes to remove and lessen the chance of bumps recurring. ‘Schnauzer bumps’ can be treated with an antimicrobial or medicated Benzoyl Peroxide Shampoo with some light scrubbing, diet changes and supplements. Some good home remedies and recommendations here: https://www.schnauzers-rule.com/schnauzer-bumps.html#REMEDY

What About Coconut Oil for ‘Schnauzer Bumps’?

Sometimes coconut oil is recommended between dog parents for schnauzer bumps or itchy skin, but you may be surprised to know that there is “no scientific research available to evaluate its use in dogs for either”. Because yeast is a common issue with dogs’ skin, coconut oil may actually make a yeast infection worse (https://dermvets.com/is-coconut-oil-for-itchy-dogs/). Instead, topical oils made especially for dogs should be used.

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