My Dog's Skin Is Turning Black, What Could It Be?


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Monica Stott Profile
Monica Stott answered
  • Speak to your vet
If you are worried about the health of your pet, you should always take them to the vet to be checked out. The vet can make a full examination and establish whether your dog has any kind of skin disease and if it does the vet can prescribe medication.

  • Why is my dog's skin turning black?
In older dogs it is normal for their skin to go much darker and in some cases to turn black, particularly around the genitalia. If your dog is scratching the affected area you should definitely take them to the vet and it would probably be some kind of skin disease or parasite that is causing the problem. If you dog is not scratching or showing any signs of discomfort due to the darker skin it is probably nothing to worry about and simply an effect of the aging process.

  • Common problems in older dogs
It is also common for older animals to lose their fur. You should check for fleas and parasites that could be causing this but it is more likely that it is the age of the dog and there is little you can do about it. Many older animals will have cysts and it is usually personal preference of the owner if you would like to have the removed. If they are not causing any discomfort to your dog most people will leave them to avoid the discomfort of having them removed.

Older dogs will often smell and unless there is a specific medical condition that your vet has diagnosed it is just the normal 'doggy smell'. The best thing to do is to wash them regularly, try to keep them out of water such as streams and rivers and make sure they get out in the fresh air as often as possible. Many dogs love to splash around in streams but it can leave their fur very smelly and dirty.
15 is a very good age for a dog and it is normal for them to show signs of aging. Ask your vet what you can expect so you know what is normal and what is a sign that there is a medical problem.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Though it is not a very common disease among dogs but whenever it attacks it always refers to Atopic Dermatitis. Blackening of skin is one of the symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis that is a very common skin allergy. Immunological hypersensitivity to house dust mites causes this disease. A very effective product kit, which cures this disease and also many other skin diseases of dogs, is available in the market that I Nzymes Yeast-Kit. It also resolves the problems like itching and bad skin odor. If the problem still persists then show your pet to a vet for a thorough examination.
ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
All these symptoms suggest that your dog is suffering from Hair loss (alopecia) and darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), following foul smell. This disease is commonly known as Black Skin Disease. This disease is caused by abnormal hormonal changes in the dogs.
Lexi Mersino Profile
Lexi Mersino answered
It might just be the markings but my chihuahua had that and she had mites that kill her hair folicals (spelling?) and it caused her to lose her hair. We got special medicine for her.
Chris Locke Profile
Chris Locke answered
When we had this problem with our dogs the vet gave us some special shampoo to help the condition. I would go and see your vet.

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