Any idea on what to do for a Pomeranian who has developed black skin disease?

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  1. Maggie Bennett profile image72
    Maggie Bennettposted 5 years ago

    Any idea on what to do for a Pomeranian who has developed black skin disease?

    Any idea on what to do for a Pomeranian who has developed black skin disease? 

    We took him to the vet and the ointment given us did not help.

    We have gotten him a cone to wear to keep him from scratching himself and it helped a little bit.

    Today I took a wet sponge with some 1 quart of water and 1/2 cup Listerine and soaked his coat with it. 

    Any other advice?

  2. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 5 years ago

    Did you have your dog tested for Cushings disease? Did you test for hypothyroidism? Is your dog intact? How old is your dog?
    Are you even sure it is "black skin disease"? A dog with dark pigmentation changes and a diagnosis are not the same thing. If you really want to find a solution you need to consult a veterinary dermatologist.
    If you are not able or willing to have this investigated, you can try bathing in a medicated shampoo, like benzoyl peroxide. It may provide some relief but it is not a cure.
    Some holistic vets use melatonin and have had good results. I would not want to try treating my Pom without trying to diagnose this first.

    1. Maggie Bennett profile image72
      Maggie Bennettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      He had blood tests I'm not sure if it was specific for Cushings though.  We have been to the vet twice for this.  First time Panalog ointment, and the second time blood work. He was on metacam for back pain also. Back to the vet. Thank you.

  3. Jlbowden profile image90
    Jlbowdenposted 5 years ago

    I have a pet Cock-a-poo, who has had issues with very similar black spots all over her skin.  The best course of action for this I believe, is to have the vet start your pet on a regimen off antibiotics.  Further prevention of any black spots would be helped by reducing any and all gluten containing products in your dogs foods. 

    Often Gluten containing foods, can also lead to Candida and/or similar types of yeast infections that could lead to, or further develop into a black skin disease. Also another common cause of this could be skin allergies, which sometimes can cause black blotches, or dark, discolored areas on the skin.

    1. Maggie Bennett profile image72
      Maggie Bennettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh you just reminded me we tried allergy medicine once before for itchy skin and it cleared up for a little bit. I'll ask the vet about allergies again also.

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    Sherrie Youngposted 5 years ago

    Claritin is a cheap and easy fix.  Ask your vet about it, it's cheaper than dog meds and its the same thing so you don't have to keep going back to the vet for more costly unnecessary meds and tests.  Just sayin.  Advise came from a vet. Anything under 10pds is a half a pill a day. Anything over is a whole pill.

    1. Maggie Bennett profile image72
      Maggie Bennettposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Sherrie, Thank you so much for responding.  I will ask the vet about this the next time i see him.  Things have gotten much better thank goodness.

    2. profile image0
      Sherrie Youngposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The dog that I give Claritin to is a Pom/chi mix and like any human with allergies, there is times she's fine and other times we have to give it to her daily.  Your welcome and hope all continues to go well.


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