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Canine Skin Problems & Diseases
Canine Skin Disorders
Canine Skin
Skin Problems

Acral Pruritic Dermatitis

Lick 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."

Bacterial Dermatitis

     The Mastiff Reporter, Volume I, #3, 1993, page 5, by Deborah Ahlers.
                             (also appeared in Dog World 11/1988)


Sebaceous cysts are common in dogs.

Demodectic Mange

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

Ear Hematoma

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.

Elbow Hygroma


An 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."

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