Hair loss and crusty dry skin… What is it?

October 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm 55 comments

When the weather cooled down, thank goodness the red summer allergy rash on Boogie’s face went away. But we now have another skin-related problem. (Sigh – There’s always something else, isn’t there?)

In the sunlight, Boogie’s black coat looks like it has white splotches or specks all over it. On closer inspection these are bald patches of dry flaky crusty skin. And these patches are EVERYWHERE!  I think they itch because Boogie loves rubbing his back on the grass way too much.

Does anyone know what causes these dry crusty patches?

What are they? An allergic reaction?  Is it some type of MANGE? - I have no experience with mange so I don’t know.

I searched the WOOF forums. Other BT owners who have experienced similar dry skin issues said they switched foods and/or changed shampoos and the skin problems went away. Or they added a skin supplement to their dog’s diet, which is something I have  already been doing from Day One.

This is what Boogie is eating everyday:

* HALO Spot’s Stew Chicken kibble
* The Honest Kitchen FORCE or KEEN
* The Honest Kitchen PERFECT FORM (digestive supplement)
* Sometimes – cooked chicken, or canned sardines/tuna

Treats: Wellness Lamb/Chicken jerky, Beef smokehouse jerky rolls, hot dogs, Zuke’s mini training treats…

For his skin and coat, I was giving him ULTRA OIL everyday for the past 6 months. One month ago I switched to HALO’s DREAM COAT oil but I am seeing no difference in his coat. If anything, I think the problem is getting worse. The crusty bald patches are multiplying…

This week I added MISSING LINK, yet another type of Omega 3/6 supplement.

The shampoo we use is by KELCO (Coco tar for dry skin).

Perhaps a visit to the vet is in order (to rule out mange) but if anyone knows what this is, please share your knowledge!

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  • 1. melly kay  |  October 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    My dog gets those dry flaky spots a lot. I think it’s allergies. She’ll get a crusty reddish brown spot and then it may or may not leave a bald spot afterwards. She only gets them randomly and not all over though.

    The only time she had anything that looked lite that (meaning all over) is when she got bit by mosquitos. Did Boogie ever have any small bumps before the bald spots? Bebe had small bumps that itched her really bad and then they scabbed and went bald just like on Boogie. The hair grew back shortly after they healed.

    I know that probably doesn’t help much but I just wanted to share my experiences! I don’t think it’s mange but more allergy related. I hope Boogie finds some relief soon!

  • 2. lili  |  October 25, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks, Melly Kay. Yes, Boogie gets small bumps quite often usually around his mouth area. He has one behind his right ear at the moment. I assumed those bumps were related to seasonal allergies because they’ve gone away now but now I am wondering if they have “shifted” over to his body… or if this is something totally different.

    Mosquito bites did not cross my mind at all! Is it easy/hard to tell the difference between these and flea bites?

    It would be relief if this isn’t mange. Can I ask what you used on Bebe’s mosquito bites?

  • 3. Kerri  |  October 28, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Did you find out what this is? Our BT (also with a brown eye and a blue eye) has one patch of this.

  • 5. Emma  |  December 15, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I have the same issue with my BT since moving to Victoria. However she has see several vets and had many tests and the only solution was cycles antibiotics, and the last suggestion was to move back to AB.

  • 6. christy  |  March 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    my dog looked like that, she had cushings. if he is excessively thirsty. developing fat in the belly area, it is possible and can be caused by steroids or a tumor in the pituitary or adrenal gland. look into it

    • 7. lili  |  March 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks, Christy. I am sorry about your dog. No, Boogie doesn’t have Cushings symptoms. This was diagnosed by our vet as a staph infection.

  • 8. Gretchen Boudreaux  |  March 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    My Min Pin has the exact same thing as boogie. What did you do to clear it up?

  • 10. Danielle  |  June 19, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Hello. Has anyone figured out what these spots are? I have a black lab with constant skin and ear irritations. His vet says she thinks its food allergies. It seems to be getting much worse and spreading all over.

    • 11. lili  |  June 19, 2012 at 4:04 am

      Danielle – in Boogie’s case it’s a staph infection.

      • 12. Carolyn&John  |  June 26, 2012 at 6:16 am

        Oh I can help you with this! Went through the same with my ridgeback. Spent a fortune and FINALLY found the answer. I wasted time with the specialists. My local RR Club hooked me up with an old school vet who had the solution. It is a staph infection and antibiotics won’t help long term because it’s so hard on the system and this whole thing is caused by a compromised immune system to start with. You need to start WEEKLY baths of chlorohexadine shampoo and add PB–8 probiotic to the diet. Basically treat the staph topically and bolster his immune system rather than tear if down. Also, I feed Honest Kitchen Thrive. It’s best for allergic dogs. I wish I could go on at greater length but I’m typing from my iPhone lol thumbs are sore Lol. But I found your blog by chance and wanted to help. Email me for more info as I have lots to share. We spent 2 years and spared no expense to fine what works. Silly thing is the solution isn’t even expensive. Ay! Best of luck!!

      • 13. Mike  |  July 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        My dachshund has exactly the same symptoms. I have been searching online for weeks now and your picture is the first one that I know for sure is the same thing. You also posted an excerpt from something that said that as soon as anti-biotics are discontinued, the symptoms will return. In our case, they returned en force. I have been struggling to decide who to take him to since I don’t want to continue the barrage of anti-biotics. For some reason, I can’t reply to Caroline&John’s comment, but I would really appreciate some further information from someone who has experienced this. My email is if you would be so kind as to lend me a little hand here. Thanks. Mike

      • 14. lili  |  July 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

        Hi Mike, I am sorry you are experiencing the same thing. Our vet suggested that I keep Boogie on antibiotics for life (low dosage). He said that stopping the antibiotics compromises his immune system. Well, I stopped anyway when all the symptoms cleared up (after 3 months of daily antibiotics) because I feel the same way you do. And it’s summer again so once again I am seeing signs of itchy crusty patches reemerging. I am bathing Boogie now twice a week using Virbac Corthisoothe and Keto-? shampoos alternately. These were recommended by a different vet and so far I can see that his skin is NOT getting worse… I have also ordered some Chlorhexidine solution ( has it) as recommended in Caroline&John’s comment… I will post an update when this arrives.

      • 15. JoAnn  |  July 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

        Carolyn & John, I wish you could email me with how to make the solution and what you have done. For the past year, I have spent a fortune on my GS. It started as a small crusty bald spot with hair loss. The doctor treated him for mange. That didn’t work. We have tried so many things with nothing working. He has lost almost all his fur, but thank goodness , it’s growing back. I found a spot yesterday that was all crusty and had sores underneath. I’m at my wits end and know it bothers him. He shivers and twitches anytime you pet or scratch him. I just don’t know what to do anymore.

    • 16. Liz  |  October 12, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Yes, i have a lab as well and she is having the same type of skin issues. The dry patches would come and go but niw they are getting worse and i dont know what to do.

  • 17. lili  |  June 26, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Hi Carolyn and John
    We are now trying out some really expensive shampoos (Virbac Ketochlor and Cortisoothe – $25 each!! yikes) I am very very interested to know more about the treatment for your ridgeback. Could you send me links to the chlorohexadine shampoo & the probiotic? I couldn’t find your email address… BTW I feed The Honest Kitchen too, and Stella & Chewys. I need help because summer is here and I think the staph infection is returning :( I stopped giving Boogie the antibiotics, btw.

    • 18. runningdoc78  |  August 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      ^Thanks for posting this blog post. My BT, Buster 4mth old Male, had that weird scaly hair lesions with resulting patchy hair loss too this summer. At first it was only one patch on the side of his belly, then it really spread around to the point where it was embarrassing.

      I followed the advice of Carolyn&John (which lacked specific brands/products). I looked up pro-biotics and chlorohexadine shampoo and just bought what was popular/highly rated on amazon.

      Here’s exactly what I used:

      Chlorhexidine Products
      -Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo
      -Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Micro-Emulsion Spray

      -PharmAssure – Acidophilus Capsules (this is the probiotics)
      -Nature’s Bounty Odorels Fish Oil 1000mg (purified of Mercury PCBs and Dioxins)

      I bathed my BT up to 3 times a week (also whenever dirty like after a dog run/day at the beach). I would spray him w/ Cholorhexidine spray once a day (a good 3-4 sprays around his whole body).

      Then I would feed him the two supplements twice a day with meals.

      It actually cleared up within 2 weeks completely in the middle of summer. The first week there was very noticeable results.

      I added the fish oil for the fatty acids and omega 3 benefits.

      I’m a doctor and understand the biochemistry/pathology behind this fungal infection. Its basically lack of absorption in the gut resulting in the fungal/bacterial lesions in the skin due to a bit of immunosuppression. Carolyn’s advice as scientifically sound.

      The probiotics reboot the guts natural bacterial flora/fauna to normal, the fish oil provides nutrients specific for the rebuilding of skin layers (amongst other things like heart benefits), and the clorohexidine is basically a disinfectant/sanitizer that kills off the bacteria/fungus at the skin level.

      Thanks again for posting your dogs skin infection and plight with pictures on your blog. It really helped me out and also helped me avoid going to an over zealous vet who might have put my puppy on long tern antibiotics that was not needed.

      Hope this works for your guy as well.

      – Lawrence

      • 19. lili  |  August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        Hi Lawrence, thank you for sharing these details!!!! I am so glad that your guy is fine now. Boogie is on “Canine Immune System Support” which I mix into his food twice daily, and I have been bathing him with Virbac KetoChlor & Cortisoothe shampoos but he still has very noticeable bald patches and the poor boy is still itchy. I am going to order the products you listed and reshare this info in a new Boogie blog post. Question: Is the probiotics the same kind that humans take? Does it matter? And how do you calculate how much to give to a 26lb boston terrier?

      • 20. sue  |  May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

        I don’t have a BT but I do have a dachshund who experiences these exact symptoms! I have some medicated shampoo but it hasn’t seemed to help too much. I have him on fish oil, grain-free salmon dog food, and an herbal spray. I have a question, If I spray him with the chlorohexidine spray, will it affect my French bulldog if he were to lick it off him. My frenchie has a tendency of licking my dachshund, and I want to make sure he doesn’t get sick!

      • 21. Randi  |  August 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

        I just have a quick question. Did any of the dogs on this blog suffer from the same crusty itchy patches on the inside of ear as well? My 9 year old lab has these same symptoms I just ordered all the shampoo sprays and supplements listed here but found some of these shall I say lesion like patches on the inside of his ear. Did anyone else have or notice this?

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  • 23. wendy carr  |  August 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Hi my name is Wendy Carr and my B.T. has the same exact thing on her skin. I find when she goes swimming she will get a little red rash that itches her and so I just put canestun on her rash and it seem to clear it up for the most part, but this last month I thought I would try a medicated shampoo on her and MAN did she ever break out. I had some meds left over from my male B.T and had enough for 10 days and it completely dried up so now I am combing it out with a fine tooth comb and she is loving it. If you have any other remedies could you please respond and let me know what it is. I was so afraid that she had Mange until I found this sight . Oh and how is your baby doing,well I hope.

  • 24. christina  |  September 1, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Hi there! I’m another poster grateful that you posted about Boogie. I have a boxer/ pit with the exact same symptoms as your BT. Initially I thought that they were bug bites, and then I was paranoid that it was MANGE, however since reading your blog I’m now convinced that it’s a secondary staph infection due to allergies. I will be taking her to the vet after the holiday, and because of the many helpful post here I will be going better informed. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, it’s been helpful not only to me, but evidently to many others as well. I’m happy to hear that Boogie is doing well, what a great parent you are! :)

    • 25. lili  |  September 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Hi Christina, Glad that this blog is helping! Yes, get your doggie checked out… It could also be a yeast infection rather than a staph infection. It’s tough not knowing… Good luck!

  • 26. Carol  |  November 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Hey All
    Our dog – a lab shepherd mix – had this condition also (only it was 10 times worse after months of troubleshooting) and we tried the baths, benedryl, antibiotics, changed his food; everything both the vet and us could think of.

    Turns out it was the chicken jerky strips that are supposedly “all natural – 100% chicken – nothing added”. If you do a search on line you will see that all of these chicken strips are made in China or Thailand. Most of them don’t have it written on the bag. Some even say that they are quality checked in North America – but not MADE in North America. They have pesticides and the meat is aradiated and as you know there are no regulations in these countries to ensure that it is even actual chicken. Whenever they do a recall, the manufacturer just changes the name and it starts up again.

    There are tons of dogs that are not just scaley and bald, but are actually dying! The strips we were using were called Vitalife Chicken Tenders sold at PetSmart and rated 5/5 on their website! We now buy liver and make our own treats so we know what’s in them, and Zack’s skin has cleared right up. Hope this helps :)

  • 27. Jacqueline  |  November 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I recently found your blog after searching different results of what skin condition my Chow Chow might have. He has flaky white patches on all over his back (although hard to see since he has so much hair, but you can feel them as they’re rough). When the little patch flakes off, a clump of hair comes out as well so he’s got a few bald spots. He does have allergies, but he hasn’t been scratching, although he has been biting at his tail something fierce to the point where it’s raw, so it was off to the vet we went.

    He’s on antibiotics but the vet also mentioned the white patches could be calcium deposits but after reading your story and everyone’s comments, I’ll be taking him back on Monday for another answer. Our vet did give us some antibacterial shampoo with Chlorhexidine in it so come tomorrow my teddy bear will be getting a bath but it just worries me since he is getting up there in age.

    He recently had some blood work done so I don’t believe it’s a parasite (although I know with dogs anything can change within a moments notice) but we’ll soon find out.

    Glad you found out what was going on with your baby and I’m glad your blog was available.

  • 28. Stacey  |  November 23, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Hey there!
    First, I just have to say that I am so happy to have found this blog! Finally!!!! Oh my goodness!!! Where were you guys a year ago??? ;)
    (I see that the first posting is dated 2009… Lol!)

    My mini dachshund, Veener, has been dealing with this type of skin issue for about a year now. He is only 2 years old.
    We have had several visits to the vet… Even a canine dermatologist! Yeah, you read that right!
    We have tried everything! By everything I mean:

    Melatonin and Vit. E… daily (not sure if this is making any sort of difference) couldn’t be bad though, so we still give him this daily.

    Virbac; chlorhexidine gluconate shampoo with Douxo calm shampoo twice a week. With little result. Made his skin a bit drier actually. Stopped doing this.

    Antibiotics and prescribed antihistamines. Which did nothing. Once the 2 week prescription finished… We chose to not continue with any kind of antibiotic.

    He’s had anti-parasite injections as well. With no noticeable results. These injections happened once every 2 weeks for 2 sessions… I was assured this would not have any adverse effects for my Veenie… It also did not prove to show any positive result either.

    He’s gone through several scrapings for mites, fungi checks etc. All with negative results… The vet mentioned that these scrapings often show false negatives… Geez. How would you take that after the third visit? Yeah… You’re probably thinking what I am thinking.

    I have recently (by recent, I mean in August) changed his diet to a raw diet. No more kibble for this guy… (I was feeding him Acana lamb and apple kibble… Perhaps not the best, but at the time I thought it was!).

    Now, I feed him Smack. He loves the smack pet food. Which is a raw dehydrated food you add water to. I also add a kelp-based supplement to this food before adding the water. He just loves it!! Gobbles it up!!!
    And treats are now made at home in the dehydrator…Though I still will purchase dehydrated treats by PuppyLove from time to time.
    Oh! I can’t forget to add that he loves coconut oil too. Eats it right off the spoon!!!

    What I want to share with everyone is that after changing his DIET, I noticed the patches clearing up and his hair starting to grow back. This did not happen right away, but after 6 weeks I can tell you I noticed a difference.
    I was keeping it to the dehydrated salmon smack pet food and treats were beef based up until last week when I thought I’d give a bit of variety and gave him the smack chunky chicken once and a few dehydrated chicken treats (which I made myself). To my surprise, he’s developed a few new spots. For my Veenie here, there is definitely an allergic reaction to the chicken protein.

    Perhaps chicken is an issue for some dogs?

    Just wanted to share my experience.
    I spent a lot of money at the vet… Only to now know it really was due to the food I was giving him!

    • 29. lili  |  November 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      I love this story! Thanks so much for sharing! 6 weeks? – Wow.

      This is exactly what I want to hear and believe: that I can “fix” Boogie’s skin issues by changing his diet rather than having to rely on antibiotics and steroids year after year. The problem I have is that Boogie already eats good food: also dehydrated raw. (The Honest Kitchen, Stella & Chewys, Nutrisca) So perhaps there are specific ingredients that he can’t tolerate and I don’t know how to figure out what these are.

      I bought a food dehydrator to make treats – It is still in the box, I haven’t used it yet. On my TO DO list for the new year :)

      • 30. Stacey  |  January 26, 2013 at 8:30 am

        Hi Lili!
        Haven’t heard much from your blog…
        Just wanted to give you a bit of an update, if you will…

        My Veenie was doing just great, until about a few weeks ago – where he developed a few new “spots”. Here, I thought it had everything to do with chicken… I think I may have been mistaken.
        He has not eaten anything chicken since what?.. September of 2012?..
        I guess I was wrong.
        It’s not the chicken. It’s something else. Of which I have no idea.

        Did you ever figure out what was wrong with your Boogie?

        I wanted to share;
        On the advice of one of my closest friends, who is all holistic and such, I have been rubbing my Veenie down with coconut oil for the past 2 weeks.
        Cold-pressed, extra-virgin, organic coconut oil (the one I cook with)… And, I think it’s working. Not perfect, but the crusty parts come off with ease and with little hair loss… I am not sure if Veener likes it, but by his stretching out and such, I can only assume he is feeling some kind of soothing….
        I have applied coconut oil directly to some of his “spots” that looked worse, and they definitely look better now.

        I don’t think I mentioned before that I have two mini dachshunds… And it’s only Veenie that has this issue.
        From what I can tell, whatever he is going through, skin-wise, is not at all contagious. It’s just him.
        The coconut oil seems to be working right now…
        I will definitely post again if something else happens…

        Would love to hear if you have had any success with anything!

  • 31. Mo  |  November 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    My dog has that 2

  • 32. Irene Jones  |  January 3, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Hi lili! Did you ever follow Lawrence/runningdoc78’s advice and used all of the products he recommended on Boogie? If so, how did it work? My dog Grape recently started getting these same spots and I am leery of taking her to the vet because I feel that they will just put her on antibiotics. I would like to try a more holistic, natural approach first.
    Has anyone else tried Lawrence’s advice?
    Lawrence, how is Buster doing and are you still treating him the same way?
    Hope to hear from all of you soon!

  • 33. Leah  |  January 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hello–I was researching online for a friend who has a young mastiff with hairloss and previous chronic itching (though that has stopped.) Like so many on this list, they have tried different vets with different “treatments” that have not worked, from antibiotics to steroids, to scrapings and thyroid testing, and now acupuncture and herbs (itching has stopped, still no hair growth.) So much health evidence from folks who have switched their pets to a natural/raw diet. To Lili questioning how to figure out food intolerances, Dr. Jean Dodds has a great site at for info on food intolerances and test ordering. Not the cheapest: 2 test panels for ten foods each, $130 each test; or $250 to run all twenty food tests. It’s an easy saliva collection test you can do at home and send it off. But then running to the vet constantly to try and find out what works isn’t cheap either…

  • 34. lili  |  January 31, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Hi Stacey – I have been using coconut oil too! It does make a difference! I notice that his skin is not so scaly, dry, flakey, but I am still concerned about hair loss. His coat is thinning and not growing back. I am nervously wondering if this is a thyroid problem or something else.

    Hi Irene – I added probiotics and fish oil to Boogie’s diet. i also used the chlorhexidine spray. Unfortunately I couldn’t see any major difference with this new routines. Boogie’s skin did not get worse (which I guess is a good thing) but it also did not get better. One thing that helps a bit… I just wrote about this recently – is extra virgin coconut oil applied topically… this also seems to prevent his skin from getting worse and keeps it moisturized.

    Hi Leah – Someone else recommended nutriscan. It’s so pricey… that’s what makes me hesitate…. I am reading a book right now on nutrition that I hope will help me with Boogie’s diet. Boogie won’t eat raw, so it will have to be homecooked.

  • 35. rose  |  February 20, 2013 at 4:47 am

    have a dacshund with the precise same symptoms. we had her tested for thyroid (both tests) and topical skin scrapings but no joy. she is also a bit over weight which the vets assumed it was thyroid but its not. i will try some of these solutions. good to see so many of you care so much about their friends.

  • 36. Barbara Hromada  |  February 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    wow, does this ever look like my great dane’s skin. He has balding patches on his back and head too. Just like you described, I thought it might be white fur, but upon looking closer, he was losing his fur there. The vet gave him antibiotics, and he has been on them now for a little over a week, and it doesn’t look as though it made any difference. It doesn’t seem to itch him, like my poor boxer mix, who has terrible skin issues, and has to take steroids all the time, now she looks like a sausage, poor girl! I just don’t know what to do! And its getting quite expensive at the vet.

  • 37. Stacia  |  March 5, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Hi Lili! Hi Everyone!

    I am at a loss. I feel like I have tried everything! And trust me!!! I have!!!
    (I have written on this blog before)

    The coconut oil did work… For a while. It definitely does work for the dry skin issue. It does work to soothe the more sensitive patches, and yes… It does work if, and only if, your furry friend isn’t going through an episode!
    For us here, we are now dealing with an explosion of “crusty spots” (they start off as little bumps, then turn into crusty patches of various sizes)… This happened within just a few days!!!
    My poor Veenie’s left side of his body looks like he’s infested!!! I thought he might have been… And yes… of course, I took him to the vet!
    He is not infested. It is NOT a bug/mite or any other creature/fungi etc.
    I think I would have been happier if it was in fact a fricken bug.
    Actually, truth be told, I was hoping it was.

    My vet told me again… Veener is likely allergic to something. This could be a seasonal allergy….
    What the ??? Seasonal allergy? My peanuts do not have fur on their bellies… They do not go outside in the winter.,. If they do, it’s a quick in and out! Lol!
    They are low riders!!!!

    Due to the fact that there were too many spots… He is back on antibiotics (for the secondary infection; the crustiness of the patches) and on the antihistamine (for the itch… Although, he really wasn’t showing signs of itchiness)….
    I really don’t know what more I can do now.
    I am having his thyroid checked – just in case.
    I am washing him with the Hexadene shampoo again too…
    I know, I know… I do not want to do this. To me, it dries out his skin more. I do try to lather him with the Douxo calm shampoo after the fact… But he’s still super dry skin guy….
    I don’t know!!!!

    Has anyone had any luck with anything?!?

    How is your Boogie now?

    • 38. Mike  |  March 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Stacia, my dachshund had the same problem. Tried everything too. Took a year and a half to “solve” it. Ultimately, we did the following: 1. got him a bio-analysis and resulting recommended nutritional supplements. Its expensive, but if you’re interested, look into Cold River Vet Center.
      2. Started feeding him home-cooked food.
      3. Used the Chlorhexidine Shampoo and Spray recommended earlier on this blog. Did shampoo, 2 days later one spray on each side of body, 2 days later shampoo, etc.

      Who knows which of these things really did the trick or all of them, but I have a hunch it was the Chlorhexidine routine as much as I’d like to believe it was the more expensive and natural factors. He has had one “spot” pop up since we beat the last out break. As soon as I saw it, I did the Chlorhexidine routine again for 8-10 days and it stopped/went away.

      I know its torturous to watch this and not be able to fix it, so I wish you the best of luck.

  • 40. Trev  |  March 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Hi All

    My Pug Bella has suffered from this condition for the last two years, she’s now eight. Spent a fortune at the vets, but nothing helped. Just by chance a locum vet gave me some Cortavance spray . It’s a hydrocortisone spray and I put it on the bald patches when the fur has fallen out. It seems to work ? It can’t stop the fur from falling out so I’m going to try the Chlorohexadine products. All I can say it stops Bella’s itching. She’s having a flare up of the condition at the momment , no idea why.

  • 41. Nicki  |  April 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    It might be worth taking a look at Diatomaceous Earth. It’s natural, but it’s imperative that it must be the food grade type and 100% DE – no extra additives, no pool grade, etc! There’s lots of info/reviews on the web and it’s also sold on Amazon. As a start, this is a good website; this link takes you to the testimonials and you can then click on the page menu to read up on it. http:// www. People absolutely swear by it for themselves and their animals for curing all kinds of illnesses and issues. It certainly won’t do any harm, as long as you make sure it’s the food grade type! It’s already in many of the foods we eat and it’s quite cheap.

    As it happens, I’ve been reading about the marvellous health benefits of both coconut oil and apple cider vinegar this morning. You could give your dog a teaspoonful of the coconut oil to eat daily, to work from the inside out, as well as mixing some with the ACV and applying it to the affected areas.

    One last thing, I use Chris Christensen’s shampoos, conditioners, etc., on my two little Maltese as, thankfully, although made in the U.S., they’re available here in the UK, too and they both have beautiful coats. He also makes a product called Peace and Kindness which is even more amazing!! It’s colloidal silver, it’s natural, with absolutely no side effects and treats a myriad of skin problems. People also use it on themselves, as I did. I had a bit of psoriasis on the sides of my face and spreading and this stuff cleared it up – I can’t recommend it highly enough and will always keep a bottle in the house. It’s my little miracle in a bottle. The reviews from peoples’ own use, as well as results on their animals, are astounding. If you click on the following link it will take you to the testimonials and information on its uses

    Good luck all, hope this may help.

    Nicki x

  • 42. Crystal Starrett  |  May 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    My 2 yr. old dachschund named Dooby has the same kind of spots on him. I have had him at the vet 3 times. They don’t think it is anything to worry about although they gave me a shampoo that is antifungal and antibacterial. This has helped tremendously along with me putting on Neosporin.

    • 43. Jewel  |  June 27, 2013 at 4:16 am

      so does the neosporin really help?

  • 44. Michelle  |  May 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I read an interesting book called “Give a Dog a Bone” written by an Austrailian Vet. It seems that biologically, dogs were not meant to digest prepacked meals containing all the protein, carbs, etc packed into one meal. Rather, they are healthiest when they eat protein, carbs, fiber at different meals…more closely to how they would eat naturally in the wild. Dogs, he writes, were scavengers so their bodies adapted to thrive on some days protein, other days more fibrous bulk, etc.
    My Frenchie used to have the SAME exact skin conditions. Now i alternate her feeding with some days a high quality grain free canned dog food. Other days chicken thighs I bake for her myself (450* for 45 minutes, debonned) and 3rd day baked sweet potatoe and peas.
    This routine has been working amazing. The chicken is very inexpensive and costs less than the canned dog food. For now, you can treat the skin spots with 50/50 water and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar….the skin will dry up and start to heal in 3 days. In between, spot treat with DDF Sulfur Masque (its for human acne but soothed her skin). You can purchase it at Sephora. It’s cheaper than a tri to the vet.

  • 45. jimpuder  |  September 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    i just got back from my vet and i went on line and found theses posts here. My dog(a lab mix) just started losing hair in spots over the wknd and it is accelerating at an alarming pace. my vet gave her a steroid and a Chlorhexidine shampoo to use once a week. The picture and symptoms posted on this site are exactly the same….are there any updates of success for some of the anecdotes posted here?

    • 46. Sue  |  October 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

      My dachsund had this for about 2 years. I tried fish oil, shampoos, etc. I switched him to costco’s grain free dog food – the red bag not the blue one and so far his skin is better!!! No scabs! Not sure if that’s what did it but nothing else seemed to work! :-)

  • 47. Kristen  |  September 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I’m just wondering if you have found a solution to this? I have read that the dog could be allergic not to his food but to what ever surrounds him.
    I have taken my great dNe puppy to the vet numerous times and they can not figure it out

  • 48. Stacia  |  October 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Lili! Hi Everyone!

    I often check back here to see if anyone has discovered the ultimate solution to this skin problem.
    The last time I commented on this blog was in March.
    Veener, was in a pretty bad state… skin wise.. and it was only getting worse (Even with using the Chlorhexidine spray and shampoo routine that was recommended on this blog, my Veenie just wasn’t getting any kind of relief).

    I want to share some new (new to me) information which I learned from a recognized holistic vet.

    Basically, after a thourough examination (which wasn’t cheap! HA!), she told me that Veener is allergic to the normal bacteria on his skin and by his rubbing on the carpet or scratching… he spreads this bacteria and it goes deeper into the skin thus creating the bumps (that look like pimples) which result in the circular spots of irritation with/and fur loss. She used the term ‘comedones’.
    When I looked up ‘comedones in dogs’ via google, Veener’s skin is and isn’t what I saw… ??? The pictures are more of the “not Veener” kind but there are some that do look similar. ???? Confusion!!!

    Just a bit of a recap, I feed my dogs a raw diet now… Since last November… They exercise regularly, and are by far very happy fur babes!!! Super spoiled! Fantastic temperaments! And, heck… They eat better than me!!! :)
    I have 2 mini-dachshunds and Veenie is the only one dealing with this. By no means is he showing signs of being sickly or lethargic. He’s very active and there’s certainly no loss of appetite!!! No stomach issues etc. I guess, what I am trying to say is that this skin thing is not stopping him from being himself. A happy, happy fur babe!!

    The solution, or rather, one major factor that was voiced in our meeting with this vet was: “we have to keep him from scratching/rubbing”.

    We talked about the Chlorhexidine shampoo.
    When I mentioned, to this holistic vet, that I thought the Chlorhexidine shampoo didn’t seem to work… she was surprised.

    Apparently, I have not been shampooing my fur babe properly!

    So, Ladies and Gents! Check this out! (If you haven’t heard or do this already) …

    The Chlorhexidine shampoo needs to be diluted because the % of the active ingredient is strong. I had no knowledge of this at all… the vet that gave me the shampoo didn’t say anything except “wash him with this”. There are different brands.. the one I am using states 2% w/w on the bottle…
    AND, you should be using a soft nail brush to scrub. And by scrub, you need to SCRUB!!! It doesn’t hurt… Try it on yourself… The soft nail brush is exactly that, soft. And you are to SCRUB everywhere and especially where there are spots.
    Then, you are supposed to wait a minimum of 10 minutes before rinsing.
    I wasn’t doing this. I was just pouring the shampoo into my hands and lathering him up, waiting a few minutes and then rinsing him off. :(
    I can tell you that 10 minutes feels like an eternity when you have a wet -getting cold- dog waiting around in the tub. Treats are essential! I use a timer…
    I have been bathing him like this once a week now (for 4 weeks) and I AM seeing a difference!!!! YAY!!! His spots are not completely gone, but he is not getting anymore… I check him always and I haven’t seen any new bumps/spots.

    She also recommended no chicken treats or chicken based food as she is seeing more and more dogs with allergic reactions to chicken – specifically. She spoke of how a lot of dog food is made with chicken by-products and more and more furbabes are developing allergies towards this protein. For us here, I stopped the chicken thing awhile ago. I am not convinced my Veenie is dealing with a chicken/turkey/duck allergy… My dudes are eating lamb and beef…

    She also told me that she wanted me to stop feeding the Smack because they use millet as a filler. I can’t remember exactly why, but it has something to do with the thyroid gland.
    Veener did have his thyroid checked and everything came back normal. Still, she wasn’t keen on the Smack. ???

    That’s about it, really.
    I hope this information helps!
    I know, I know… It totally sucks not being able to fix your fur babe.
    Veener is not fixed *sigh*…. But, I am hoping I can manage the outbreaks. It’s been 4 weeks now and I am seeing results…
    this is super good!!! :D
    But, you know, I just don’t want other dog owners to think that there is something wrong with him. Something contagious. Because it isn’t.
    I can’t blame them though… He looks spotted… He looks like he has some kind of “contagious” issue… :( My poor Veenie. :(
    Well… Of course he doesn’t know about any issue! Hahahaaa! It’s only bothering me. :(

    • 49. lili  |  October 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Stacy!
      Here is an update on Boogie (October 2013): we are now going to a Dermatologist. It is definitely a seasonal allergies thing (not food related)… and Boogie is on corticosteroids (Medrol), which I am not thrilled about, but I can’t afford allergy testing/serums right now, and I am nervous about Atopica (which was the other suggestion), and nothing else has worked.

      Boogie is already on a raw grain-free diet. I am also giving him apple cider vinegar, as well as a topical essential oil.

      Thanks for the shampoo-ing tip. I agree with you – 10 mins is a LOOOONNGGG TIME! I feed him his dinner while we wait. I will also brush him next time he has a bath.

  • 50. Jessica  |  December 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Help me! My 3months old minipin has exactly the same issue. And we’ve been to 2 vets, but nothing had happened.

  • 51. Debra Austin Ernst  |  January 8, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Our dachshund has the same skin problem. It starts out with a small bump, like a scab and get dry and this the hair falls out. We have had him to the vet many times. I am so glad I found this blog. BTW, our dachshund’s name is Boogie also. Really he is Clyde and his sister is Bonnie, we we have always called him Boogie. We are going to try the Chlorhexidine routine and see what happens. Thanks for all your input.

    • 52. Sue  |  January 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      My dachshund no longer suffers from this. He is on a grain free diet with fish oil supplements. Sometimes it does return seasonally so I use the medicated shampoo but overall he is much better!!

    • 53. Rocko  |  January 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      I have a min pin, a few years ago the same exact thing happened on his back just like bogie. The dry patches with the hairless spots look identical to what rocko looked like. I took him to the vet and he was put on meds. The problem cleared; haven’t seen a re occurrence since then until now. I thought I was bathing him too much or it was allergies. Now the dry bumps/patches are on the back and side of his legs. It’s not as noticeable as what occurred years ago and it hasn’t started spreading to his back yet. I just ordered the bath product recommended and I wiped him down with the iodine yesterday after bathing him. I also ordered the other products recommended with the spray, fish oil and spray.

  • 54. Myia Friend  |  March 28, 2014 at 2:44 am

    borax and vinegar baths cured our dog!

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