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Posted by: davina | 2010/06/22

Balding miniature daschund

i have a two year old black and tan daschund and since i have had her she has not had much hair. i have taken her to the vet where they have performed skin tests, but they were unable to ascertain what the issue was. of recent she has started to develop tiny pimples running down the length of her back (only this area is affected) which eventually end up bursting and then leaving a tiny scar. it doesn''t itch at all, they are just pimples. i have started her on a supplement for fatty acids at the suggestion of the vet, but iwould like to know if this is a serious condition or something that i can leave?

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Hi Davina

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.

I hope that this is of help.

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Our users say:
Posted by: Chill | 2010/06/24

You don''t have to ''look'' - ask your vet to refer you. It''s a perfectly normal thing so no need to feel awkward about it.

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Posted by: Davina | 2010/06/24

Thank you for your responses.

I will definitely take the above into consideration. Unfortumately i am in Jhb so will have to look for a veterinary demertologist here.

When you say the histisocytomas are small tumuors does this mean that they could develop into cancer?

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Posted by: Chill | 2010/06/22

Why don't you request a referral to a veterinary dermatologist? Once you have a diagnosis, you at least know what treatment should be aimed at. (If you''re in Cape Town, try talking to Dr Martin Briggs, one block up from Paradise Motors in Newlands. He''s very thorough and particularly clued up on skin things.)

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2010/06/22

Hi Davina

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.

I hope that this is of help.

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