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Question by adriana & todd knies
Submitted on 9/5/2003
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My Coker is about 11 years old, and she has black skin rash, and I do not know what it is, she use to be white all around and now, she seams to be having a skin problem.
Do you know what it is?

Answer by goldee
Submitted on 9/11/2003
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My Cocker also has this problem.I read on some web site that it may be the black skin disease. I am discussing this problem with my vet who will let me know more when he finds out about it. If as I 've been told , it is a genetic condition, then we can only give the dog symptomatic relief using steroids and fungal wash. I am searching for more information about this skin condition.


Answer by smiley
Submitted on 9/17/2003
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My cocker is around the same age and also has a terrible black skin rash.  He also has a bad smell. My vet has told me that it is genetics, that cocker's are known for skin problems and if the shampoo that she gave me doesn't help in 3 weeks the only thing left that she can recommend is to have the dog seen my a dermotologist. The shampoo contains Benzoyl Peroxide. It's been only 1 week so it's to soon to tell.


Answer by Ron
Submitted on 10/9/2003
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A description of the problem and possible solutions are here:

or for a medical explanation with possible solutions (without neutering:


Answer by boo
Submitted on 8/4/2004
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We have a clumber spaniel covered with pustule like sores - smells terrible, and has black skin.  Have had shampoos prescribed, fungal and bacterial treatments, and found that he has a very low thyroid.  The hope is as his thyroid is treated, his immune system and energy level will improve. I still think that he may have something else. (black skin disease?)Will post any new info.


Answer by Catherine
Submitted on 10/22/2004
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My old Cocker had this problem before she passed-away. It is caused by a Vitamin-A deficiency, and a supplement should cure it. Sweetie had Congestive Heart Failure, so I opted not to give Vitamin. A and instead gave her baths every three days with an antibacterial anti-fungal universal shampoo.


Answer by Julle
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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Can be a allergic problem. My Golden Retriver nearly lost all fur when I against my vets orders gave him fresh meat.
He was earlier on pure vegetarian diet and that had helped him after the first patch of hear loss.
Now he is recovering fine and it all started back to normal when I found that the dog food company Royal Canin had special food for dogs with this black skin problem. It is pellets wher all meat and such products are remowed. Product name is Royal Canin, Hypoallergenic DR 21.
You can get more info at www.royalcanin.be
Well worth trying.


Answer by cawodolan
Submitted on 2/23/2005
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Our Kasey had the same problem.  We found out that it was a thyroid problem.   On the proper medication she lost 10 lbs. and the skin problem was corrected within 2 months.  Sadly we lost her at 11 years.  Good Luck.


Answer by OrI82ICYdM
Submitted on 2/22/2006
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Answer by Bugs
Submitted on 3/23/2006
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i was just doing research on my dog as well for skin and ear problems. my springer-cocker mix is 12 yrs old. and has had problems for at least half his life, lately getting worse. i did everything my vet said to do, but noting seems to help. he now is getting to the point that his odor is causing a big problem.
i just visited a web site and am convinced on ordering a product that will help.
please check it out for yourself and see what you thing, its called nxymes.com and i found it very interesting. maybe it can help your situation as well.


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