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Best home laser hair removal for black skin in dogs

Laser hair removal is a popular way to reduce the appearance of unwanted hair on your dog. While it’s not always necessary, it can be a great option for many dogs.

If you’re thinking about trying laser hair removal on your dog, you may have some questions. How does it work? What are the benefits? What should I expect? And what are the risks?

This article will answer these questions and more so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not laser hair removal is right for your dog.

Best home laser hair removal for black skin disease in dogs

Laser hair removal is the most popular method for removing unwanted hair. It is used on humans, pets, and animals. Laser hair removal has been used for several decades. The first documented use of laser hair removal was in 1987 by a dermatologist named Dr. Charles Wesley. Since then, the technique has become more popular and many people have undergone this procedure to remove unwanted hair from their body.

Laser hair removal for dogs is also becoming more popular among dog owners because it is considered as one of the safest methods for removing unwanted hair from your pet’s body. Dogs that have dark skin usually have more trouble getting rid of their fur compared to breeds with fair skin tones because they tend to develop scarring after undergoing this procedure. This can cause pain and discomfort in your pet’s body which may lead to other health problems such as infections or even death if left untreated properly!

In order for you to find out what kind of laser works best for your dog’s skin type, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration before deciding on which type would work best for your pet’s needs or preferences! You need to consider:

-The type of fur (e.g., long vs short fur)

Black Skin Disease in Dogs
Veterinary reviewed by: Michele K.

Black Skin Disease in Dogs – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost
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What is Black Skin Disease?
Black skin disease is most prevalent in Pomeranians, Chow Chows, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Elkhounds, Toy Poodles and Miniature Poodles. Black skin disease can occur in any breed and any age. Males seem to have a higher number of cases reported than females.

Black skin disease is a common phrase for Alopecia X. It is sometimes called wooly coat syndrome. Dogs that are affected with black skin disease will have a normal coat as puppies and will not generally start showing symptoms of the issue until they are over 2 years old; generally, they will be diagnosed with it by 3 years old.

If your dog is affected with black skin disease, they will begin by losing their long guard hairs first, usually there will be a gradual thinning of the hair on the back of their hind legs and under the tail. Hair loss will also occur along their back, on their stomach and around their genitals. Eventually, the skin becomes bald and is prone to frostbite or sunburn and infection. The skin where the hair has fallen out will begin to darken; this is called hyper-pigmented skin. Black skin disease does not cause itching or irritation.

Symptoms of Black Skin Disease in Dogs
Black skin disease is a condition that typically progresses slowly. If you notice a thinning of your dog’s hair or obvious hair loss, you will need to contact your veterinarian for an assessment. Signs of black skin disease include:

Gradual loss of hair’s color and lushness
Gradual and symmetrical loss of the guard hairs
Increasingly cottony undercoat that is dry
Symmetrical baldness
Hyper-pigmentation of the skin
Change in appetite and/or thirst
Causes of Black Skin Disease in Dogs
It is unclear what causes black skin disease to develop; it has been linked to hormonal imbalances, allergies, obesity and genetic factors. Most dogs will begin showing signs after puberty occurs and most cases reported are males.

Dogs that are diagnosed with black skin disease should not be bred. This can be problematic for breeders since male dogs are commonly used for breeding for the first time around a year old. Symptoms of black skin disease do not appear until between the ages of 2 years and 3 years, that male could have already produced a number of puppies before he exhibited any symptoms of black skin disease. Responsible breeders will thoroughly research their breeding dogs’ bloodlines prior to breeding.

Diagnosis of Black Skin Disease in Dogs
There are no actual tests that can be done to diagnose black skin disease. Instead, diagnosis is made through a series of tests that eliminate other possible causes for the symptoms that have presented.

Your veterinarian will perform a physical examination and order blood tests, a biochemistry panel, urinalysis and fecal examine to rule out thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease and intestinal parasites. A skin scraping may also be performed to determine that there is not a fungal or bacterial skin infection. A biopsy can be helpful in directing your veterinarian to this diagnosis.

Treatment of Black Skin Disease in Dogs
Black skin disease is purely cosmetic, meaning that it does not cause your dog irritation or pain. Your dog will be much more susceptible to the cold and to the sun. They will easily sunburn and could also be more vulnerable to frostbite. Treatments for black skin disease will differ per dog; there is no set protocol that will work for every dog. The overall goal for treatments is to have your dog re-grow their coat and prevent a recurrence of hair loss.

Spaying or neutering your dog should be the first step in their treatment. Since black skin disease is believed to be genetic, you do not want to breed your dog and possibly produce puppies that will develop the condition. Sterilization may also aid in re-growing the coat because the hormonal changes that will take place after the procedure. The coat re-growth is not always permanent.

Another possible treatment will be oral melatonin therapy. Melatonin is a natural supplement that can be given to improve coat re-growth within 6-8 weeks. Melatonin has not been approved by the FDA, but can be found over-the-counter in tablet form. There are side effects to melatonin such as drowsiness and sedation. You should always consult with your veterinarian prior to beginning any treatments.

Hormone therapy such as methyltestosterone can be implemented. Blood work must be performed periodically to monitor the level of the hormone, as methyltestosterone can be damaging to your dog’s liver over time. Hormone therapy can cause increased aggression in your dog, as well.

Other treatments for black skin disease that your veterinarian may choose to implement include prescribing prednisone, cimetidine, ketoconazole, anipryl or leuprolide. These treatments are someitmes used to try and re-start the growth cycle of hair follicles.

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Recovery of Black Skin Disease in Dogs
Black skin disease does not affect your dog’s overall health; it is a cosmetic problem. The condition can be managed by applying sunscreen when they are outside and by protecting them from frostbite. Speak with your veterinarian about the risks associated with the treatment options and about how to protect your dog if you choose to not try the treatments.

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Written by Darlene Stott

Veterinary reviewed by: Michele K.

Published: 05/12/2017, edited: 08/05/2021

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After dog grooming dog didn’t smell clean and was itching her back leg making a raised sore bleed. I took her back to the vet for a rewash and she smells better. I treated her at home with a cooling gel for hot spots which helps her to not bite the skin. She still has one raised sore after 3 weeks. Have not been into the doctor yet.

Sept. 27, 2020

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Thank you for your question. That spot looks like it might be infected, and may need medications. If the problem is still happening, It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get treatment.

Oct. 12, 2020

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Black Face
Why is my white dogs face turning black on the sides

Aug. 3, 2020

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Thank you for your question. There can be pigment changes as dogs age, but skin can also darken as a response to chronic inflammation. There may be a bacterial or fungal infection going on or a parasite that is causing this. If this is something that is continuing to happen, it would probably be best to have your dog seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at the skin, do some simple tests, and see what might be going on. They will be able to get treatment as necessary or let you know that this is normal if it is not a problem. I hope that all goes well for your dog.

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My dogs skin has progressively gotten black over the last few weeks. I will get her to the vet but they are closed now. She has been on apoquel for a while for allergies

July 25, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Skin will become dark over time with chronic itching or irritation, and that is probably a sign that her allergies are not quite controlled. That does not seem to be an emergency, and it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian as soon as they open. As long as she is comfortable otherwise and seems to be doing well, that should be fine. I hope that all goes well for her.

July 25, 2020

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Hi! My cavalier King Charles has been suffering from some type of skin ailment. She has these little crusty things all over her skin. They are very easy to pull off, and when you pull them off they come off along with her fur. Underneath her fur I can see that her skin is discolored- it’s like dark gray in many places. I have been bathing her with chlorhexidine shampoo as per the vet’s suggestions. Whenever I bathe her, she looses a lot of the crusty patches but her fur falls out with them. My vet really hasn’t told me what is causing this. Sincerely, Worried about My Dog in Tennessee

July 21, 2020

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Hello, So sorry to hear about your dog. This does sound like your dog has a skin infection. Many times these crust places fall off as the skin under them heals and new skin and hair will grow back. Many times these do need antibiotics to clear up. Your vet can prescribe this medication for your dog. The chlorhexidine baths are a great thing to continue to do to help with your dog’s skin. I hope your dog’s skin starts to get better soon.

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Hello. My neutered Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has BSD. He just turned two in July. Will all of his hair eventually fall out? First there was no hair on his front leg then almost overnight he has black patches on his skin. He is also losing hair on his abdomen on the same side

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It all depends on the underlying cause (infection, irritation, idiopathic); you should visit your Veterinarian to determine whether there is a cause which may be managed or treated but it is possible in some cases for hair to be lost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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My 10-year-old German Shepard mix rescue has BSD. It has worsened every year, always starting on the back of her rear legs. We have visited the vet SEVERAL times over the years to no avail. Skin scrappings, steroids, antibiotics, changed foods, absolutely nothing helped. Now, she has very rough blackened skin, practically no hair, weight loss and she feels terrible. I don’t want to put her to sleep……PLEASE HELP!!

Home remedies for black skin disease in dogs

Dermagic System for Dogs Suffering with Black Skin Disease
Does your dog suffer from black skin disease, or other aggressive canine skin conditions that cause hair loss, rawness and itching? The Dermagic range of products is proven to relieve your dogs pain and itchiness, as well as promoting hair regrowth. The system does require a little patience as has the cream must be applied daily, but the results speak for themselves, dogs so happy and back to their normal shiny coated selves.
Dermagic System Offer
This pack offers a great saving over purchasing the products individually and allows you to try a range of products on your dog so that you can find what works best for their condition.
Dermagic Bar System Includes:
Hot Spot Salve (57g)
Cell Restoration Creme (115g)
Lemongrass Spearmint Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar (105g)
Lemongrass Spearmint Skin Rescue Conditioner Bar (105g)
Skin Rescue Lotion (8oz bottle)
Severe dog itching, skin allergies, mange, black skin disease and hair loss, hot spots, dandruff or seborrhea, cuts and sores and other secondary dog skin problems resulting from flea or mite allergies and even trauma these conditions are miserable for your pet, and for you. Until now, it’s been difficult to treat these common problems without steroids, antibiotics or strong chemicals. Now there’s a fast, safe and effective all-natural solution for skin problems – the four step DERMagic skin care system. Only the finest ingredients available are used, including certified organic whole-leaf aloe vera gel, vitamin E, organic shea butter, beeswax, therapeutic essential oils and soothing plant oils. Perfumes or artificial ingredients are never included, so you won’t have to worry about adverse reactions and side effects. All DERMagic products are made in the USA with domestic ingredients, and are completely non-toxic to pets and people.
Here are the four steps to relief for your pet, and for you.
Step One:
Peppermint and Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Before starting any treatment, give your dog a good cleansing with our sulfate-free shampoo and gentle conditioner system, pH-balanced for dogs, specially formulated to soothe dog itching and condition the skin, eliminate odor and stimulate the healing process. As a greener alternative to water-based shampoo, we also offer Organic Shampoo Bars and All Natural Conditioner Bars that your dog squeaky clean and fresh-smelling.
Step Two: Skin Rescue Lotion
For general itchiness, hot spots, seborrhea, or even in severe cases of black skin disease (Alopecia X) or significant hair loss, massage the soothing lotion well into the affected areas twice daily. Slip a soft t-shirt or similar covering on your pet to ensure that the lotion remains on the skin. When disease is under control, switch to Hot Spot Salve to treat stubborn or difficult-to-heal sores or spots.
Step Three: Hot Spot Salve
For hot spots, minor wounds, insect bites, localized allergic reactions and itchy or inflamed areas, dab on a small amount of Dermagic Salve topically once or twice per day until symptoms disappear. Keep Dermagic handy for those small bites or cuts to prevent infection.
Step Four: Cell Restoration Creme
As the skin heals and fur begins to grow back, massage in Dermagic Cell Restoration Creme as needed to soften and protect new skin, to complete the healing process and to combat dry, flaky skin. This step speeds cell regeneration and boosts cellular immunity to prevent reinfection. It’s great for cracked pads or chapped noses in winter and scorched feet in summer. As a special treat for your pet, or just to eliminate dry skin and dandruff, our Dead Sea Anti-Dandruff Salt Scrubs complement the Dermagic System and enhance its healing properties by providing deep exfoliation and detoxification of the skin just prior to bathing. And the therapeutic essential oils are both relaxing for your pet and stimulating to the skin. The wait is over. Safe, effective relief is here.
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