SkinCanine Skin Problems & Diseases
Canine Skin Disorders
Acral Pruritic DermatitisLick sores.
Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 4/1994, page 1, "A breakthrough in treating acral lick dermatitis." AKC Gazette, 6/1994, page 34, "Possible Treatment for Lick Granulomas."
Acute Moist Dermatitis (Hot Spots)
Dog World, 12/1994, page 51, "Hot spots can put dogs in an itchy frenzy."
About 10% of dogs (all breeds) overreact to allergens and are called atopic. This condition is hereditary. Allergy is a major cause of skin disease in dogs. Most common to least common types of allergies in dogs: flea, inhalant, contact, and food allergies.
Dog World, 2/1994, page 8, "A scratching dog may have allergies." Dog World, 3/1994, page 7, "Allergies and the dog." Canine News, 1/1995, page 1, "Cushing's disease - caused by veterinarians." MCOA Journal, 1995 #1, page 66, "Does your dog have allergies?" Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 4/1995, "More than ragweed: major causes of inhalant allergy in dogs & cats." Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 6/1995, "Managing food sensitivity and food allergy in dogs and cats." Dog World, 6/1995, page 9, "Scratching the surface of canine allergies." AKC Gazette, 7/1995, page 26, "Allergies and Other Adversities."
The Mastiff Reporter, Volume I, #3, 1993, page 5, by Deborah Ahlers. (also appeared in Dog World 11/1988)
CystsSebaceous cysts are common in dogs.
Caused by reduced immunity to the demodex mite, a parasite that is found on up to 95% of all dogs. This lack of immunity can be inherited or environmentally induced.
The Mastiff Reporter, Volume I, #4, 1993, page 10, by Edward Baker, DVM. AKC Gazette, 12/1993, page 64, by Donna Mandeino, DVM. AKC Gazette, 4/1994, page 40, "New Treatment for Demodicosis." Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 2/1995, page 8, "Breeding recommendations in dogs with demodectic mange." Canine News, 3/1995, page 6, "Answers about demodectic mange." Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 7/1995, page 8. Dog World, 7/1995, page 9, "Mange linked to immune system changes." Canine Demodicosis
A sudden swelling of the ear flap caused by bleeding into the tissues, leading to the formation of a blood cot or hematoma. It is caused by violent head shaking, scratching or rough handling of the ear. Surgery may be needed to provide drainage.
FolliculitisAn infection of hair follicles.
A wart-like growth with a rough surface. Benign.
The Morris Foundation is doing research into diagnosis and treatment of skin problems in dogs. If you want to contribute, it is tax-deductible:
Canine Skin Fund, Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Dr East, Englewood, CO 80112
Dog World, 1/1995, page 30, "Ringworm can cause skin problems for pets and owners."
AKC Gazette, 5/1993, page 36, "Lumps, Bumps, and Sores: Deadly Lesions?" Cornell Animal Health Newsletter, 11/1993, page 8, "Considering the primrose for canine pruritis." Canine News, 9/1993, page 6, "Lumps and Bumps in the Skin." Dog World, 2/1994, page 100, "Understanding hair loss in your pet." Canine News, 2/1994, "Rinsing Out the Truth About Shampoos." Canine News, 2/1994, "Zinc Responsive Skin Disorders." AKC Gazette, 1/1994, "Antibiotics for Skin Problems." Dog World, 8&9/1994, "Dietary supplements: therapy for the skin." Canine News, 4/1995, page 5, "Diagnosing skin problems." Canine News, 4/1995, page 6, "Anal glands and the problems they cause."