Q: Shasta Needs Help?
Shasta is my dads 7 year old american eskimo recently she started loosing her fur on her tail and her legs the skin on her tail is black in parts and her fur is dull. She acts fine but I am still concered about her my dad said he just had her at the vet he didn't say a thing about it to the vet but the vet didn't say anything either I am wondering what he should do about Shasta and if she is okay I think this maybe mange. My dad does use frontline on Shasta for fleas and he uses flea shampoo and he uses flea powder after every bath and that is what he has always done with her. What should I tell my dad to do for Shasta?
Jun 04, 2011
Alopecia & skin discoloration can indicate a few different conditions and only a veterinarian can determine what those conditions may be. A lot of Eskies are allergic to fleas which can cause the hair loss. The first thing I thought of when you mentioned discoloration of the skin along with the hair loss was hypothyroidism. My chow was diagnosed with that & his first symptoms were patches of hair loss & black skin. Once he started on thyroxin it cleared up almost immediately. I'm not saying that's what it is, but that is one of the possibilities. Eskies can get hypothyroidism. They are also prone to allergies that lead to bacterial skin infections. Although rare, sometimes female dogs can develop hyperestrogenism that causes their skin to darken. Acanthosis nigricans is a darkening of skin due to consistent and chronic inflammation. The list goes on as far as possibilities go. The vet may not have noticed this problem when Shasta was there since it was not brought to his attention. I'm sure it would have warranted further attention if he had seen it. He needs to be made aware of this so Shasta can get the proper testing, diagnosis & treatment.
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