Our expert says:
Daschunds ae known for there skin problems.
General problems that result in hair loss include:
a)follicular mange - demodex canis
b)acanthosis nigricans - inherited, results in darkening/thickened skin. Skin becomes scaly/crusty. There is no cure for this condition and it is managed with medicated shampoos/ +/- steriod injections/ melatonin injections
c)allergic dermatitis - skin itchy and red. Dog with lick/scratc at the skin and may result in the development of open lesions with secondary bacterial infections. Treatment includes allergy testing / diet change / antibiotics / antihistamines / +/- steroids / shampoo's / dietary supplements.
d)alopecia/pattern baldness - very common. Hair thins in puppies and can result in bald spots. There is no cure or treatment. There is no pain associated with this condition.
The small lesions that appear on the back maybe small tumours called histisocytomas. Daschunds are predisposed to this condition - these can arise in puppies. The lesions are usually red/ domed/flat. If the lesions are histisocytomas usually disapear with time.
Generally these conditions are determined on clinical examination with the aid of dignostic aids such as skin brushing/scraping/skin biopsy.
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