Skin Infections and Loss of Skin Color Disorders in Dogs

Skin dermatoses is a general medical term that describes several types of bacterial infections or genetic skin disorders of the skin.

There are several types of skin disorders that affect dogs of different breeds. For instance, German Shepherds tend to be prone to lips, eyelids and nostrils. German Shepherds, Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs are prone to autoimmune conditions, lupus and discoid lupus.

Akitas, Samoyeds and Siberian huskies tend to develop a rare syndrome that causes inflammation in the front part of the eye. The most affected area is the iris, with coexistent inflammation of the skin characterized by loss of pigment in the skin of the nose and lips.

Common symptoms of skin diseases are

White hair (known as leukotrichia)

Partial or total lack of pigment in the skin (known as leukoderma)

Reddening of the skin (known as erythema)

Loss of the top surface of the skin (known as an erosion or ulceration, based on depth of tissue loss) 

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