How to Treat Sebaceous Adenitis in Dogs


Dogs that suffer from sebaceous adenitis have a skin disease. Experts believe this condition is genetic and more common in certain breeds, like German Shepherds. Because this condition can be extremely uncomfortable for your canine, it’s important to seek care for him as soon as you've recognized the problem.

Evaluate your dog for signs of sebaceous adenitis. Dogs that experience this condition may have scaly, itchy skin. Hair loss may also occur on your dog's head and back.

Schedule a vet appointment for your canine. Your vet will perform a complete physical exam. A skin sample will also be taken for testing. Keep your dog calm during the exam by speaking softly and remaining calm yourself.

Design a treatment plan for your dog. Although this condition can’t be cured, there are several things you can do to relieve symptoms. Bathing your dog several times a week with medicated shampoo can help. Your vet can provide prescribe a special shampoo. A topical medication can also be administered to ease discomfort.

Consider supplementation. Some dogs have experienced great success by supplementing omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Since dog supplements don’t have governmental oversight, it’s important to always get the correct dosage from the vet.

Provide antibiotics when needed. Sometimes a dog that experiences sebaceous adenitis has an infection. Antibiotics can repair the underlying skin issue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wash all of your dog’s bedding. This can often minimize irritants. Make sure to use a gentle, unscented soap.

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