Miniature Pinscher Skin Problems

The miniature pinscher is an extremely lively toy dog breed. Given his size, such a dog can live in a small apartment. Typically, the miniature pinscher dogs won’t have many health issues. There are, however, health conditions that affect this breed, including deafness, kidney stones , retina atrophy and, most frequently, skin conditions.

Miniature Pinscher Skin Problems

The miniature pinscher is a breed which enjoys a good general state of health. They can live up to 12 years or even more if properly cared for. However they are prone to developing skin conditions. The most common diseases that cause skin reaction in miniature pinschers are:

Left untreated, skin diseases can develop into more serious medical conditions which endanger your dog’s health. Therefore, whenever you spot any type of abnormality in your dog’s coat or skin it is best to consult your veterinarian.

Skin Problems from Allergies

Allergies are generally manifested in dogs through skin symptoms and can be triggered by various factors. The allergies will cause redness and itching, which usually appear in the ears, eyes, armpits, feet and abdomen.

The most common allergens are pollen, dander, mold or dust. However, your miniature pinscher can also be allergic to flea saliva and develop flea allergy dermatitis.

You should first identify the allergen and try to limit your dog’s exposure to it. Medication for allergies can also be prescribed by the veterinarian, but topical remedies for the skin symptoms are strongly recommended. You should notice if your dog experiences itches and scratches often in the same area.  Secondary infections are common in dogs affected by allergies.

Sebaceous Adenitis

Sebaceous adenitis or alopecia in miniature pinchers is considered to be an inherited disease which does not necessarily transmit to the next generation. Both parents have to carry the gene for alopecia in order for it to manifest in the puppies.

Sebaceous adenitis manifests through the inflammation of the sebaceous glands located in the skin. These glands are responsible for the production of sebum.  The inflammation eventually destroys these glands which results in dry skin and hair loss. The signs first appear on the trunk, head and ears and the coat has a moth-eaten appearance.

Sebaceous adenitis is not curable. It can be managed, but improvement is not always guaranteed. A proper anti-seborrhea shampoo is recommended. Proper diet and supplements can also help with improving the condition.

Hair loss can also be symptomatic for other diseases, so it is best to have your dog diagnosed properly before starting treatment.

Demodectic Mange

Demodectic mange is a skin disorder caused by microscopic mites. It is not generally contagious but it can be passed from mother to puppy but only before weaning. It usually affects dogs that have a weakened immune system.

Demodectic mange is treated with shampoos, lotions, ointments and dips.

If the disease is localized in specific areas, it is treated topically. If the disease is generalized, a stronger treatment is necessary.