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.