Canine Black Fungus Skin Infection

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A healthy dog will have clear skin and a healthy coat of fur. If your dog is experiencing dandruff that comes away in black flakes and has greasy skin, it could have a fungus skin infection.

Fungus Skin Infection

  • Canine skin infections caused by fungus are often triggered by a kind of yeast called malasezzia, according to "Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat: Clinical and Histopathologic Diagnosis."

Significance

  • Yeast skin infections are most common in basset hounds, bulldogs and dachshunds, although they can occur in any breed.

Symptoms

  • Canine fungus skin infections often develop in a dog's ears or in folds of its skin. The skin will be greasy and smell musty. The dog will have dandruff and scabs that can be black in color.

Treatment

  • Fungus skin infection can be treated with anti-fungal creams and shampoos, according to "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook." Oral medications are available for severe or persistent fungus skin infections.

Considerations

  • You can help prevent canine skin infections by bathing your dog with a mild shampoo. If your dog's greasy skin does not clear up after a bath, it is time to contact your veterinarian.

References

  • "Skin Diseases of the Dog and Cat: Clinical and Histopathologic Diagnosis"; Thelma Lee Gross; 2005.
  • "The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook"; Betsy Brevitz; 2009.
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