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post #1 of 15
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My Whitey was diagnosed with chin acne a couple weeks ago. Vet said to wipe his chin with Stridex pads and give him fish oil. After approx 2 weeks the acne is just now starting to clear up. Does this seem like a long time? If anyone has experience with this could you please share any infor. How long did it take to completely clear up. Does it come back. Do you continue with the fish oil and Stridex for a period of time afterwards.

I guess I could call the Vet and ask these questions but I prefer to hear from first hand experience.

Thank you.
post #2 of 15
I don't have any experience with this in cats, but I do know that my brother's dog, a St. Bernard, had the same problem, but it was an allergic reaction to her bowl so now she has a metal one. If this is the cause of your cat's chin acne and the bowl hasn't been switched, then it makes sense that it would take awhile after treatment for it to start clearing up.
post #3 of 15
Jaffa had acne about a year ago and it did take a while to clear up. I just washed his chin with mild soap twice a day and I think it took 2-3 weeks for it to completely clear up. He's not had any outbreaks since.

If you're using plastic bowls and mats you'd be best of replacing them with stainless steel or ceramic as plastic can cause of acne.
post #4 of 15
Yes I agree, dont use plastic. Metal is better.. Becareful using stridex, it can cause more problems down the road. Plain old soap n water will do the trick, you can even try using witch hazel too.
2 of our 6 have had acne until i switched from plastic to metal bowls.
Good Luck
post #5 of 15
I am currently having the same acne problems with a few of my kitties as well. Melody has probably had it the worst and her battle has been over a month long and we are starting to finally see some progress. Her acne was soo bad that she had to be sedated twice and cleaned up, shaved and now put on oral antibiotics to help clear up the infection. She is pretty tolerant of it all, but she almost died last week when we had to sedate her to clean up her chin again. I would talk to your vet about the oral antibiotics if I were you, it sure helps clear the problem up faster, and Stridex although easy to use sure tastes nasty! Good luck with your poor kitty!
post #6 of 15
My sister had this problem with one of her cats and the vet gave her an antibiotic ointment to put on it. I think it did take a few weeks to clear up.
post #7 of 15
2 weeks is not bad.

Also, a little tip - use a flea comb to get the black stuff off. They will usually tolerate that much better than scrubbing right away. After you comb it off, you can then clean it and apply meds per your vet.
post #8 of 15
Ginger had it, and I used a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide, would scrub her chin once in the morning. It took 2 weeks to go away, and there has been no recurrance.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Ginger had it, and I used a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide, would scrub her chin once in the morning. It took 2 weeks to go away, and there has been no recurrance.
That is what I do but my cats acne does come back and I do not have plastic bowls unless you count my fountain.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
Ginger had it, and I used a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide, would scrub her chin once in the morning. It took 2 weeks to go away, and there has been no recurrance.
If you use hydrogen peroxide you should dilute it first. Hydrogen peroxide burns tissue (in humans as well) so any place the skin is broken the HP will burn the tissue.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
If you use hydrogen peroxide you should dilute it first. Hydrogen peroxide burns tissue (in humans as well) so any place the skin is broken the HP will burn the tissue.
I'd checked with my vet, and she had recommended it over Stridex. We had no problems whatsoever using it.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your help. I will probably contact our Vet next about an antibiotic if this doesn't go away soon. It sometimes looks like it's disappearing then other times not. The Vet told my husband that it was a mild case (maybe that's why she didn't prescibe the antibiotic). The only plastic we have is their water fountain and the acne started prior to getting that. We only use metal or ceramic because another of my babies is allergic to the plastic. Her lip swells from it so we got rid of all plastic long ago.

Perhaps I will try the soap and water for a while. Perhaps the Stridex will start irratating his skin. Any particular soap? I have a huge bottle of pet shampoo. How does that sound?

Thanks again,
Donna
post #13 of 15
My vet told me my cat had a mild case of chin acne. I changed to a stainless steel dish & never treated the acne with anything. It went away by itself in less than a month.
post #14 of 15
My Petals had a bad case of acne, and it took at least 2 weeks for it to clear up..........
post #15 of 15
When we got Vinny in February '06, he came with chin acne. 13 months later, he still has it. He's used metal bowls and no plastic mats the whole time we've had him, and his former owner had him eating and drinking out of metal bowls as well. Our vet told us that if I wanted to do something, I could use peroxide but that it wasn't necessary, as it wasn't hurting anything.
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