Ichthyosis in Dogs

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.

Resources for Ichthyosis in Dogs 

  1. Information Sheet about Ichthyosis in Dogs by First Skin Foundation

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