Cost of Treatment: $30 – $100 per month
What is Ichthyosis in Dogs?
Canine ichthyosis is an inherited skin condition seen in dogs and cats. It is characterized by skin scaling or keratinization, which is caused by an abnormality of the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). West Highland White Terrier and Golden Retriever are the most affected dog breeds.
Which Dog Breeds Are Most Commonly Affected by Ichthyosis?
- West Highland White Terrier
- Golden Retriever
- American Bulldog
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Doberman Pinscher
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Norfolk Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
Symptoms of Ichthyosis in Dogs
- Skin thickening
- Greasy and scaly hair coat
- Swelling of the footpads
Treatment of Ichthyosis in Dogs
Ichthyosis is considered an incurable condition. Most patients receive dietary supplements such as fatty acids and topical medications (e.g. shampoos), which are aimed at alleviating the symptoms. Oral antimicrobials to treat secondary skin infections may sometimes be necessary.
Ichthyosis is not an expensive condition to treat – but those bills can quickly add up. If you’re worried about the vet bills rolling in, you should consider buying a dog health insurance plan. These plans can keep your dog healthy and your wallet healthy as well.
Resources for Ichthyosis in Dogs
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