Recently my Pomeranian Bria for the second time in her life has developed what looks like black spot disease. She is starting to lose her fur and the skin is turning black. Last year’s episode started with extreme itching and her skin was a bright pink. I thought it was an allergic reaction to the chlorine in our pool.
She could not even walk a straight line because she was trying to scratch herself constantly. She loved to go swimming and my friend thought she was having a seizure because she was trying to scratch herself while she dog paddled.
I read that low thyroid can be a contributing factor in black spot disease so even though she tested normal the vet decided to try her on thyroid hormones. This was after steroids and other products failed to help her problem. Amazingly she got better with time.
Then in July of this year she again developed black spot disease. Her skin was extremely pink and it was turning black.
While we were there he did a skin scraping to see if she had mites or demodectic mange like my Precious had 2 years ago. Thank goodness that was negative.
Right away she was started on predisone (steroids) and simplex. She seemed to get better but when the medication ran out her skin got worse. She then started loosing her hair.
I decided to search for information on the problem and read the following statement on a popular vet’s website.
This is what it said “Alopecia X (black spot disease) does not appear to affect a dog’s health. It seems to be a purely cosmetic issue for owners of affected animals, and benign neglect is often the recommended “treatment” of choice. ”
You got to be kidding right? This only tells me they have no idea how it is caused or how to cure it. So I decided if they couldn’t fix it I would look for some natural products to help it.
After more research I came across an article that the disease can start out as black dots usually on the belly or genitals. These spots are an early indicator of a very serious attack on your dog by some infecting agent, whether it’s a fungus (or yeast), bacterium, or follicular mite. It doesn’t go away or get better and is usually accompanied by mild, occasional itching. A single flea bite can give rise to this situation, that nasty flea injecting who knows what kind of pathogen just under your pets skin.
This suddenly started making sense to me why she developed it now. Her skin on her stomach and back legs were the only area that was black. She loves to swim and when she get out I only dry her a little and she usually is wet underneath for hours. Her long hair keeps water trapped next to her skin and I feel for her it has to have been caused by an allergy to chlorine or the fact that she would be wet for hours with that chlorine water next to her skin.
The website suggested a 3 part process to cure the black spot disease. First you bathe your dog. You can use Peppermint Tea Tree Oil Shampoo 12 fl oz Liquid or if you don’t want to spend the money at first just some regular shampoo for dogs then after that you are to put DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion, 4 fl.oz. on her. I put a little t-shirt on her to keep her from licking it and keeping it on the skin and not my couch. When it dries a little I just take her shirt back off. I found a toddlers shirt my grandson outgrew fit her good.
Then as the skin heals and fur begins to grow back, apply DerMagic Cell Restoration Creme needed to soften and protect new skin, to complete the healing process and to combat dry, flaky skin.
It has only been 3 days and I can see a real improvement her skin is no longer bright red. I think this is going to work. Thank goodness who would want to go around with large bald spots even if you’re a dog?
I know if your dog has started to lose his fur because of black spot disease or Alopecia X dermagic is a product that can help. Please share with us what worked for you.
Several years ago I wrote about my experience with my Pomeranian Precious and congestive heart failure. I never realized how many dog owners would share their stories with me. After putting her down after her long struggle with CHF, I eventually decided I needed to get another Pomeranian.
I wanted a dog closer in age to my other Pomeranians so I rescued a 6 year old Pomeranian who was supposedly a stray. Since she was a stray she didn’t have a name so I couldn’t help but name her Precious also. This can be annoying to some people because when I talk about my last dog I have to say Precious#1 as to not confuse her with my current Precious.
So when my new Precious developed a cough it really scared me. I thought please I don’t want to go through that so soon again. I can’t believe how grateful I was when my vet told me her heart was fine she just has the beginning symptoms of collapsing trachea.
Actually when I went home I realized this condition is not going to be any picnic either. As a pet sitter for the last 12 years I cared for a few dogs who had collapsing trachea. There was one Yorkies who I really loved whom I had the honor of pet sitting for several years who eventually just got so bad not even the surgery helped him recover.
The first year I had Precious her collapsing trachea wasn’t much of a problem but then she developed an upper respiratory infection with a runny nose and nasal congestion. This was an experience that could fill another post. When she finally recovered from this she wouldn’t stop coughing. Before she would only cough when she got excited now she coughed day and night. In the beginning the only thing to do is address the cough with cough suppressants like hydrocodone. My vet gave her that and finally we both got some sleep.
I started to do some researching about collapsing trachea online and discovered some interesting facts. The sites mentioned that before the diagnosis of a “collapsed trachea” in most instances there will have been chronic coughing for years prior to the diagnosis. Because of this constant assault on the trachea these tissues are weakened resulting in the severe collapsing trachea. The trachea never has a chance to become stronger. I wondered could barking extensively also cause this problem. Precious would also go crazy barking in the morning and every time I asked her if she wanted to go out. I suddenly felt like this was something I could no longer let her do. Easier said than done but I decided to try. Could that be why mostly small breeds like Yorkies, Pomeranians, Poodles develop collapsing trachea because they are such good yappers? Have I made her prognosis worse because I have failed to correct this behavior?
I’ve tried to eliminate her constant barking and have noticed her coughing does get worse when she gets that excited. For now she is on hydrocodone twice a day and we are dealing with it. I have noticed sometime when she starts coughing in the middle of the night I will gently rub her tummy and she will eventually stop. I guess I’ll have more to say as this condition progresses. I can only pray it won’t be as bad as congestive heart failure with Precious #1 was.
Any comments on how any dog lovers coped with it or things you may of done to help your dog’s collapsing trachea will be greatly appreciated.
We hear a lot about autism and children but dogs and autism is most likely more rare. Because of this lack of awareness on this subject I wanted to write this post.
A friend of mine has a dog whom we believe has autism. This wasn’t a diagnose that any vet gave this dog but one that we both determined after much time and research. She took her dog to trainers and vets complaining of her dog’s dysfunctional habits and all the vet suggested was to take her to an animal behaviorist.
This dog was a completely normal dog when they adopted her. I can attest to this fact because as her pet sitter I have many videos of her playing to prove this fact. Her only real issue then was she didn’t want to walk on a leash.
Then it seemed overnight she changed. When she came over she would want to go directly to the furthest point in my house and lay down and stay there all day. She would seek seclusion where ever she was. I tried to put up a gate to force her with other dogs and me. She would try to climb behind the tv and wanted no part of socializing.
She would always be looking up at the ceiling as if something was there.
When she went outside she would do the same thing that she did inside. She would find the furthest point in my yard from back door and stay there. It could be 10 degrees and she would not come back in the house. She apparently would rather freeze than be around any dogs or people. I would always have to go outside find her pick her up and carry her back into my house.
It’s not like there was anyone bothering her my dogs are low-keyed all in their own little world. After a lot of research and her owner mentioning that she noticed her changes after some vaccinations we both thought maybe she has autism. There is a lot of data that says children are diagnosed with autism after many vaccinations so why isn’t it possible for the same to be true of dogs.
Symptoms of Dogs With Autism
Dogs with autism may not display any symptoms or the symptoms are very subtle and may not be recognized.
However, some dogs with autism may show some symptoms. The main symptoms of dog autism include:
- Dysfunctional interaction with other dogs or owner
- Restricted behavior, as autistic dogs may only limit themselves to performing only a few moves avoiding new moves and games
- Repetitive actions. Dogs with autism tend to have a routine they like to stick to.
- Apathy and inability to communicate joy, fear or other feelings
- Lack of activity, even if the breed is a high energy dog