Black Skin Disease
by Dan Kuna
Reader Question: How Does A Canine Get Black Skin Disease?
I have a 14 year old yellow female lab that within the last 8 weeks has developed black skin disease. Is it possible that black skin disease could be tied to a dog eating rabbit feces?Veterinarian Responds To Reader Question Regarding How Canines Get Black Skin Disease
I’m not sure what you mean be black skin disease. A condition called alopecia X that sometimes goes by this name, but it is not typically seen in labs.
Many other diseases can cause hair loss and a darkening of the skin (e.g., hypothyroidism
and Cushing’s disease
) so your best option is to make an appointment with your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Whatever is going on, I doubt eating rabbit feces had anything to do with it.
Jennifer Coates, DVM