Cushings and Dry Skin in Dogs
by Sandy Vaught
My Corgi has been diagnosed with Cushing's and is on medication. I keep him shaved in the summer months as he gets so hot. What can I do as he seems to have dry flaky skin? Is this caused by the Cushings? I am presently giving him fish oil, should I switch to the salmon oil?
Skin problems are common in dogs with Cushing’s disease
, so the first thing I’d want to do if your dog were my patient would be to make sure that we were doing a good job regulating that disease. Dog’s with Cushing’s disease are immunosuppressed so are at greater risk for infections, including those that affect the skin. Running a skin scraping to check for mites, skin cytology to rule out bacterial and yeast infections, and a fungal culture for ringworm would also be a good idea.
If these tests all came back normal, it would be reasonable to try treating your dog’s flaky skin symptomatically. I don’t think you’d notice a big difference if you switched from fish oil to pure salmon oil, but bathing him with a shampoo designed to reduce flaking followed by treatment with a topical product like Dermoscent
or Duoxo Seborrhea Spot-On
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM