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Acral Lick Granuloma
Also Known As: Acral lick dermatitis, acral lick furunculosis, lick granuloma.
A commonly seen skin disorder of dogs, acral lick granulomas are skin wounds that are worsened by a dog's constant licking of the affected area ...(more)
Alopecia X
Also Known As: Adrenal sex hormone imbalance, growth hormone responsive dermatosis.
Most common in young adult dogs of plush-coated arctic breeds such as Pomeranians, Chows, Keeshonds, Samoyeds, Huskies, and miniature poodles ...(more)
Also Known As: Allergic inhalant dermatitis, atopic dermatitis.
The most common allergens include airborne pollens such as grasses, trees, weeds, and fungal spores. ...(more)
Also Known As: Blastomyces dermatitis infection, Blasto.
The causative agent of the disease is Blastomyces dermatidis, a fungus ...(more)
Calcinosis Cutis
Also Known As: Cutaneous Calcification.
Typically caused by long term steroid use (oral or injectable) or increased cortisol levels (Cushing?s disease) in which calcium deposits form in the dermis of the skin. Less commonly can be due to atypical systemic infection, or exposure to environmental calcium. ...(more)
Canine Demodicosis
Also Known As: Demodex, Demodectic mange, Red mange, follicular mange.
Localized demodicosis usually is passed from the mother to her nursing puppies after they are born. ...(more)
Canine Eosinophilic Granuloma
General Information: Rare disease in dogs that usually affects the mouth but can affect the skin.
The cause is unknown however there is some evidence that the lesions ...(more)
Canine Recurrent Flank Alopecia
Also Known As: Seasonal Flank Alopecia.
An incompletely understood disorder which causes seasonally recurrent hair loss on the flank ...(more)
Also Known As: Walking Dandruff, Cheyletiellosis.
Cheyletiellosis is caused by infestation of large mites who live on the surface of the skin. ...(more)
Color Dilution Alopecia
Also Known As: Color Mutant Alopecia.
This is a genetic defect affecting the way pigment is distributed in the hairs of affected dogs ...(more)
Cushing's Disease
Also Know As: Canine hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing's syndrome, PDH.
The exact events that lead to the development of Cushing's disease are not known at this time. ...(more)
Also Known As: A form of ischemic dermatopathy

Hereditary, immune-mediated condition of the skin and muscles in dogs and humans. ...(more)
Discoid Lupus
Also Known As: Cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is an autoimmune disease in which the animal?s own antibodies attack normal components of the skin ...(more)
Ear Hematoma
Also Known As: Aural hematoma
The cause is due most commonly to self-inflicted trauma such as scratching and shaking of the head. This behavior causes the tiny blood vessels of the ear to rupture ...(more)
Ear Infections
Also Known As: Otitis externa, otitis media, and otitis interna, inflammation of the external ear canal, middle ear infection, inner ear infection.
Possible causes of otitis externa, which may lead to infections of the middle and inner ear, include allergies, ...(more)
Ear mites
Also Known As: Otodectes cynotis.
Ear mites are passed from one animal to another through close contact. Humans rarely also can get a skin rash from the parasite ...(more)
Epitheliotropic Lymphoma
Also Known As: Mycosis Fungoides, Cutaneous lymphoma.
Epitheliotropic lymphoma is a malignant cancer arising from T lymphocytes. ...(more)
Equine Atopy
Also Known As: Allergic inhalant dermatitis, atopic dermatitis

Transmission or Cause: Allergens may be absorbed through the skin, inhaled, or ingested. ...(more)
Feline Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex
General Information: Feline eosinophilic granuloma complex is made up of three different disease presentations. ...(more)
Feline Herpesvirus Dermatitis
Also Known As: Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus

 Transmission or Cause: Feline herpesvirus-1 causes an upper respiratory disease and skin/oral ulceration. ...(more)
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Also Known As: Flea bite hypersensitivity
Transmission or Cause: When a flea sucks blood from a pet, it passes its saliva into the animal's skin. ...(more)
Food Allergy
Also Know As: Food hypersensitivity, food intolerance
Transmission or Cause: The causes of food allergy are individual allergens within the animal's food, usually protein sources or carbohydrates. ...(more)
Hepatocutaneous Syndrome
Also Known As: necrolytic migratory erythema, superficial necrolytic dermatitis, and metabolic epidermal necrosis
Transmission or Cause: Hepatocutaneous syndrome is a disease characterized by degeneration of the skin cells ...(more)
Also Known As: Button tumor
Transmission or Cause: A benign, usually self-limiting tumor of mononuclear white blood cells in the skin, which are derived from epidermal Langerhans cells. ...(more)
Hot Spots
Also Known As: pyotraumatic dermatitis
Transmission or cause: Potential underlying causes for hot spots include parasites (especially fleas or scabies mites), allergies (flea, pollen, food), skin infections by bacteria or fungus, or trauma. ...(more)
Idiopathic Sterile Granuloma and Pyogranuloma
Also Known As: Sterile granuloma, sterile pyogranuloma

Transmission or Cause: Unknown, but thought to be an immune-mediated disease ...(more)
Juvenile Cellulitis
Also Known As: Puppy strangles, juvenile pyoderma

Transmission or Cause: The exact cause is unknown, although there seems to be a dysfunction in the immune system of affected animals ...(more)
Mast Cell Tumors
Clinical Signs: Mast cell tumors are a malignant tumor that originate in the dermal layer of the skin. These tumors can arise from any area of the body, and may have a variety of appearances. ...(more)
Mosquito Bite Hypersensitivity
Transmission/cause: Hypersensitivity or allergic reaction to mosquito bites.
Affected animals: Mosquito bite hypersensitivity is a clinical entity in cats living in or near mosquito-endemic environments. ...(more)
Opportunistic Mycobacteriosis
Affected Animals: This is an uncommon disease in cats and rare in dogs. Animals with areas of trauma that have been exposed to contaminated water, swimming pools, and sources of natural water are at risk. ...(more)
Transmission/cause: Panniculitis is inflammation of the subcutaneous, or fatty layer, of the skin resulting from many different possible causes, including infection (bacterial, fungal, viral), immunologic diseases, trauma, pancreatic disease, vaccination or other drug-induced, or idiopathic (no underlying cause identified). ...(more)
Pattern Baldness
Also Known As: Canine pinnal alopecia, acquired pattern alopecia.
Transmission or Cause: A breed-associated genetic disorder of hair follicle miniaturization. ...(more)
Pemphigus Foliaceus
Transmission or Cause: Pemphigus foliaceus is an autoimmune disease whereby antibodies produced by an animal?s own immune system attack the bridges that hold skin cells together. It is the most common autoimmune disease diagnosed in dogs and cats. ...(more)
Perianal Fistulas
Also Known As: Anal Furunculosis
Transmission or Cause: Perianal fistulas are caused by inflammation of the tissues around the anus causing extensive swelling and ulceration. ...(more)
General Information: Pododermatitis means inflammation of the feet, and is considered to be more of a description, than an actual disease. Many underlying disorders result in pododermatitis. ...(more)
Postclipping alopecia
Postclipping alopecia is characterized by lack of hair regrowth after close clipping (surgical procedures, grooming). This disease usually affects Northern breeds such as Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, but can also be seen in Golden retrievers and other breeds. ...(more)
Also Known As: Bacterial skin infection, bacterial folliculitis
Transmission or cause: Common underlying causes for bacterial skin infections include trauma, allergies (flea, pollen, food), parasitic infestation, hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease, autoimmune diseases, or immunosuppressive medications. ...(more)
Reactive Histiocytosis
Transmission/cause: Reactive histiocytosis is due to an immune-mediated proliferation of a type of white blood cell called histiocytic or dendritic cells, which normally occur in the skin. ...(more)
Also Known As: Dermatophytosis, Microsporum canis, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Microsporum gypseum, fungal infection
Transmission or Cause: Ringworm is transmitted from the environment to the animal. The fungus can infect the hair, nails, or skin and then be passed via the infected hair or scales of the skin ...(more)
Sarcoptic Mange
Also Known As: Sarcoptes scabiei var. canis, Canine scabies
Transmission or Cause: Canine scabies is highly contagious. Transmission occurs through direct contact with a carrier animal, or when a mite falls off the skin of a carrier ...(more)
Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
Transmission or cause: A breed-related acne-like keratinization disorder causing dilation of hair follicles on the back of miniature schnauzers.
Affected animals: Young to middle aged miniature schnauzers. ...(more)
Sebaceous Adenitis
Transmission or cause: The cause of sebaceous adenitis is unknown but the end result is inflammation of the sebaceous or oil gland associated with the hair follicles. Loss of the sebaceous gland leads to dysfunction of normal hair growth, which results in hair loss. The underlying cause is probably a combination of genetic predisposition and immune-mediated sebaceous gland inflammation. ...(more)
Sebaceous Adenoma
Also known as: Nodular sebaceous hyperplasia
Transmission or cause: A benign tumor of the oil gland (sebaceous) cells of the skin. Although these tumors are commonly called ?old dog warts? due to their appearance, they are not true warts as they are not viral-induced. ...(more)
Solar Dermatitis
Also Known As: Actinic Dermatosis, Solar Dermatosis
Transmission or Cause: Chronic exposure to ultraviolet light causes damage to skin cells. ...(more)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Transmission or Cause: Squamous cell carcinomas are common malignant neoplasms of the dog and cat, arising from keratinocytes (skin cells). An underlying cause is not always apparent. These tumors are most frequently diagnosed in animals that have sun-damaged skin. ...(more)
Symmetric Lupoid Onychodystrophy
Affected Animals: SLO has been described in dogs. German Shepherds appear predisposed. The highest incidence is found in young adult to middle-aged dogs. ...(more)
Valley Fever
Also Known As: Coccidiodomycosis, Cocci
Transmission or Cause: The causative organism is Coccidioides immitis, a fungus which lives in the soil of the desert in the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America and parts of South America. ...(more)
Transmission or Cause: Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels resulting in compromise of blood supply to affected areas. The inflammation is due to overstimulation of the immune system by many possible causes including infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, or tick-borne diseases), ...(more)
Viral Papillomas
Also known as: Warts, viral papillomas
Transmission or cause: Majority of papillomas are of viral origin ...(more)
Vitamin A-Responsive Dermatosis
Transmission or Cause: Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis is an incompletely understood disorder of skin proliferation and maturation (keratinization) which is often breed-related and therefore may have a genetic basis. ...(more)
Transmission or Cause: Vitiligo is a hereditary disorder of skin and/or hair pigment loss, and is caused by immune-mediated destruction of the pigment producing cells in the skin. ...(more)
Yeast Dermatitis
Also Known As: Malasezzia dermatitis
Transmission or cause: Underlying causes for yeast dermatitis include allergies (fleas, food, pollen), skin parasites, hormonal abnormalities such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease, ...(more)
Zinc-Responsive Dermatosis
Overview: Zinc plays an important role in regulating cell metabolism, fatty acid synthesis, inflammation, and the health of the epidermis or skin. Zinc deficiency can be seen in our companion animals as two distinct syndromes ...(more)

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