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My shepherd is losing hair rapidly due to a deep rash and is developing dark spots in the belly area. He's been knawing at his skin repeatedly. He's lost some weight as well. What would you recommend Dr. Wilson.

Thank you sincerely,


Smartliving Guest asked this
September 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM



Dear Julio,

I would give our homeopathic Derma-IonX to help reduce the skin irritation. I would also feed a grain-free diet and give some supplements. The ones I use are digestive enzymes, probiotics, MSM, vitamin C, and fish oil. Together with the IonX base, there is better utilization of the food and supplements for a synergistic response. I would use only filtered water for drinking and bathing (no chlorine or fluoride). I would also bathe with our shampoo, Defendex, which is soothing and nontoxic. If there are any fleas or mites the ones on him will be killed and you will be able to spot the fleas. Please let us know how you do and I can give you more suggestions depending upon the response you see. However, if the skin already has a deep infection already you might need to see your veterinarian for an antibiotic, but I would do the above to help prevent re-occurrence.

Best regards,
Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
September 18, 2011 at 5:22 PM

german shephard losing hair and her skin is gone very black

Oliver answered
May 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

There is a disease called "Black Skin Disease". Symptoms of dog black skin disease include severe hair loss and darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation). Dog black skin disease often begins with loss of hair.

Some breeds are more susceptible to the condition than others, including the Alaskan malamute, poodle, chow chow, and Pomeranian. Male dogs are more susceptible than females. Which your GS doesn't fall into this, however, it doesn't rule it out.

This disease can be caused from low levels of growth hormones. Your vet can determine this through a blood test. This can also be related to Thyroid or Cushing disease. Your vet can help you determine what is going on and start treatment.

Dog's that are neutered or spayed (although you didn't mention if yours is or not) will benefit if they have this disease.

I hope this helps and your German Shepherd is feeling better very soon. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. ~Victoria~

Victoria Swanson Health Coach answered
May 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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