Dog Skin Conditions


Compiled exclusively for DogChannel by Karla S. Rugh, DVM, Ph.D.

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Itching; skin rashes, slight reddening, or inflammation with assorted bumps, pimples, or welt-like lesions. 

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Small, red hairless patches; widespread hair loss; thickened, wrinkled or scaly skin. 

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A round hairless patch circled by a rim of inflammation; reddened, scaly skin with bumps or pimples.

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Patchy hair loss or staining of white hairs in shorthaired dogs; scaly skin, dull coat, or excessive shedding in longhaired dogs; skin lesions such as bumps, pimples, crusts, or scales.

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Itchy, red, oozing, hairless areas, often found below the ears, at the base of the tail, or on the hindquarters; incessant chewing or scratching at the area. 

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Holly   albion, New York

2/8/2014 10:57:29 PM


We are having a difficult time with our Black Lab Mix. He is 4 years old and has been very healthy until recently. Vet believes he may have Granulosium Mural Follicitious...apologize if spelling is incorrect. It has been over a month and we are seeing no improvements in his condition.

He had rapid hairloss in patches, in these patches they appear to be white circular patches with a crust/scale...very bumpy. Some of the bumps open to a red sore. His entire skin is full of these white crusts and bumps even where he is not loosing hair.

Everything seems to have been ruled out...parasites etc...mites, worms...even allergens.

Is it possible this really is a reaction to either a antibiotic that he was given for what we thought was ear mites before these symptoms occured? Or a delayed reaction to the rabies vaccine he had a month prior to symptom break out?

We are dying watching him go through this every day and we are unable to give him any relief!! And it just seems that the Vet is lost for any answers or action. Antibiotics and steroids have been administered but they are really NOT helping!!!

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Ann   Huntington, New York

1/23/2014 6:32:04 AM

I need help. I have a white (alibino?) dachsund/hound mix. one blue eye one brown and deaf. You can see how pink he is and thin haired. The top of the crown of his head that meets the start of his ear always seems to look like its bleeding....but then heals in a day. No scab. He seems to get pink/red marks all over him and its worse now due to the cold. What can I do.

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Dona   St. Petersburg, Florida

8/16/2013 6:55:09 AM

White pimples on the hind quarters of my greyhound?? Any ideas what this might


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