Skin disorders are a common health complaint among both humans as well as canines. If you have a family dog, it is important to become familiar with not only the routine health needs of your family pet, but also the illnesses that may arise and require veterinarian care.
For many family dogs, skin disorders develop later in life and are often associated with a hormonal imbalance associated with aging. Hair loss is a common health complication among dogs with a skin disorder and veterinarians will label the condition as black skin disease in dogs. Unfortunately, being told that your dog has black skin disease does not provide a clear diagnosis as this is simply a secondary systemic complication of a greater canine health issue.
If your dog’s veterinarian indicates your dog is suffering from black skin disease, it is important to ask what the underlying cause of the health complication may be. In most cases, black skin disease in dogs is attributed to either a thyroid complication or to an allergy to a food product. To determine what the underlying health complication is, however, your veterinarian will need to run a series of tests. Once the condition is confirmed as related to thyroid or other digestive or hormonal complication, then your vet can begin to provide treatment.
In the long term, as your dog ages, you can expect there will be many occurrences of skin disorder and the issues associated with black sin disease in your dog will not dissipate easily. In fact, if the complication is associated with a hormonal imbalance, the recurrence of black skin disease is highly anticipated. For some, the complications with aging may attribute to the onset of Parkinson’s disease in dogs, while for others the complications manifest as a skin disorder.
The key to your dog’s optimal health will lie in careful preparation for the long term health complications and recognizing hair loss may be associated with more than simple shedding. With proper veterinarian care, you dog can recover from the condition and realize improvement in health and bring some normalcy to the canine aging process.
Sources: Veterinary Advice on Skin Disorders, by Tim Nuttall