Unfortunately, we've had lots of experience with black spots on dogs that we've rescued. It's from a systemic yeast (candida) infection. The best thing to do is get the dog on a raw meat and bones diet immediately, add probiotics, digestive enzymes, coconut oil, a bit of raw goat milk keifer or yogurt daily and a small amount of raw green vegetable like organic spinach or brocoli. NO kibble, pet foods, starches, carbs, sugar and other junk. These will only enable the yeast to live and grow. You want to feed foods that kill the yeast.
We also added 1 capsule of Seagate olive leaf extract to their meal every day; it's a powerful fungus killer and also strengthens their immune system. The last dog we got who had this had a really bad case. She even smelled yeasty after getting baths. Doing the above, she was clear of yeast in just 2 months; no more itching, red skin, smell and black spots. Her hair also grew in nice and full; it was at least twice as much as she had when she was full of yeast. That was 2 years ago. She's been healthy ever since on her raw meat/bones diet.
Oh, and stop the shots. Vaccines worsen any health problem and also disrupt the immune system. They cause way more problems and don't help like we've all been told.
San Diego, Ca
My dachshound has black spots that appear on her stomach in different places. What causes this?
Orange City, Fl
San Diego, Ca
San Francisco, CA
I just wanted to follow up on using the peroxide with borax for black spots. I read what Ted wrote plus what else was written about Borax on the other pages. I have been using it on my dog for the last two weeks and I am seeing results! The black spots seemed to have gotten worse with summer months and all the rain we have gotten around here. She started to lick her paws non-stop and biting at her skin. After the first bath using the mix I noticed that she wasn't licking as much and the brown color on the fur of her belly and paws seemed to have cleared up. The second week after her bath she started scratching less, licking less and the dry skin patches started to go away. I am still watching the spots to see if they will go away...but I haven't seen new ones which is great! Thanks EC!
Paranaqye, Luzon, Philippines
Winston Salem, Nc
Locust Grove, Georgia
Hi. One of my mini-doxies has had darkened skin and black spots for years. The vet diagnosed severe seasonal skin and inhaled allergies and gave us a steroid-based cream for the itching; later a topical spray. (The steroids made her fat and overgrown). I tried oatmeal baths, etc. Nothing worked for more than a few hours. In desperation one day I soaked a cottonball in witch hazel astringent. The greasy stuff crystallized and rolled off, the itching stopped, and the skin lightened. I used 5 balls, all of which turned brown. My dog's condition is most likely a thing called Acanthosis Nigrans. It is caused by an overpopulation of a natural and essential mite that lives in the follicle of every hair shaft on a dog. This mite is supposed to be there, and not eradicated comepletely, but N.A. is a situation similar to Candidiasis (yeast infection), where the proper balance of a symbiotic organism is out of whack and overpopulation causes severe problems. A.N. is a common inherited problem in Dachsunds, and supposedly untreatable except to keep the dog clean and avoid allergens. Rubbish - the witch hazel works for days at a time. Apply once or twice a week. If the astringent contains alcohol, be careful around open sores. Make sure your dog lies on its back and watch him until the witch hazel is dry. It should not be ingested (swallowed). I suppose you could then bathe the dog to avoid poisoning but my dog completely quit her licking immediately. Acanthosis Nigrans symptoms are: the skin on the belly and chest has turned dark, some places appear black, with hair loss; the skin in 'armpits' and other depressions and folds has thick, greasy dark-brown clumps gluing the hairs together, and the skin itself has thickened. 'Pimples' and reddened skin or sores are secondary infections from the poor animal nibbling and licking so much and the moistness causes fungus and dirt collection.
Atlanta, Ga Usa
Pembroke Pines, Florida
North Massapequa, NY
Thousand Oaks, Ca
My Shorkie has this problem, black spots, and it sort of looks moldy in places. I tried steroid creams but they didn't work. A trainer suggested using a dandruff shampoo and that sort of helped, but it came back. I kept at the research and it seems yeast is the most likely culprit, so I tried Monistat/Walgreen's 2% external cream and that helped a bit but it came back pretty quickly. So, next I applied yogurt (plain, whole milk Greek yogurt) near her ears and neck where they were. The next morning, the black spots were significantly reduced and she completely stopped itching. Be careful with applying on large amounts of skin because it's cooling effect can cause chills. To sanitize the air and fabric in the house, I used Clorox 4 In One Disinfecting Spray because it works on molds/mildews, reduces allergens, sanitizes air and fabric, hard nonporous surfaces and soft surfaces like upholstery/linens, fabrics. No this is not a plug for the brand, just the product because it seemed to help. I'm also buying something to add to my laundry to disinfect it from fungus/mold/bacteria/viruses because I have not found any detergent that does this and I need to clean color fabrics, not just whites that I can use a disinfecting bleach on.