Table of Contents
- 1 What causes black skin in dogs?
- 2 Why is my dog shedding and getting bald spots?
- 3 What is Canine black skin disease?
- 4 How do you treat alopecia in dogs?
- 5 Why does my Boxer dog keep losing his hair?
- 6 What are the symptoms of a darkened skin?
- 7 What does it mean when a dog’s skin is darker than normal?
What causes black skin in dogs?
Causes such as skin allergy in dogs, scratching, skin infection due to bacteria, skin inflammation due to skin parasites, and self-trauma by dogs with activities such as scratching, rubbing, licking, and biting at their own skin are commonly seen in dogs with skin problems. These all can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Why is my dog shedding and getting bald spots?
Hormonal conditions — like hypothyroidism, adrenal gland disorders or growth hormone disorders — can all cause a dog to lose hair. Some dogs can lose hair after they are neutered due to a decrease in testosterone. Liver disease, kidney disease and cancer can all cause unexplained hair loss, as well.
What is Canine black skin disease?
Hair loss (alopecia) accompanied by darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation) is often termed “black skin disease”. Many of the afflicted dogs are diagnosed with growth hormone responsive alopecia.
How do you treat alopecia in dogs?
Treatment of Alopecia In some cases, anti-parasitics, antibiotics, anti-fungals, or other medications may be needed to cure the hair loss by fixing the underlying cause. Other times there is no cure for alopecia due to auto-immune or genetic causes.
Why does my Boxer dog keep losing his hair?
Although the cause of this condition has not been determined, it is thought to be caused by an abnormal response of the hair follicles to the normal hormonal changes that occur with changing day length. This condition may have a genetic component in Boxer Dogs.
What are the symptoms of a darkened skin?
Darkened skin may accompany other symptoms affecting the skin including: Burning feeling (in cases of reactions to chemical exposure) Flaky skin, peeling (occasionally)
What does it mean when a dog’s skin is darker than normal?
If the skin or coat has a color other than white, it is said to be pigmented. If the skin is a darker color than normal, it is said to be hyperpigmented; if it is lighter than its normal color, it is said to be hypopigmented. Diagnosing the cause of a dog’s coat or skin pigment changes begins with an exam by a veterinarian.