Natural Remedies to Treat Black Spots on Dogs

Witch Hazel
Posted by Deelee (Kingman, Az) on 06/24/2010
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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.