This is a medical condition in which there is abnormal darkening of the skin that you will see under the Beagle coat. The main form of the disease occurs in dogs less than one year of age. In the main form the skin darkens and thickens, and secondary infections with bacteria or yeast can occur. It can affect large areas of the Beagle’s body.
It is not currently possible to cure this, but the condition can be controlled with steroids, melatonin injections, and frequent anti-seborrheic shampoos (these counteract swollen oil glands). This condition is diagnosed with a skin biopsy.
The secondary form of the disease is much more common. The darkening of the skin on the dog happens because of 1 of 3 reasons:
- Friction caused by obesity
- Complications from Hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease.
Secondary acanthosis nigricans can also cause fur loss and itching. The treatment for secondary acanthosis nigricans usually consists of treating the underlying condition, through weight loss, thyroid medication or allergy
relief. In extreme cases, steroid therapy at low doses helps to reduce inflammation.. Vitamin E supplementation can give relief. The majority of time the condition will improve once the underlying condition has been identified and properly treated.
Fur loss is a common symptom when a dog has an allergy to an external element. Dog shampoo, conditioner, even the rug cleaner an owner may use is a possible culprit in causing this reaction to the Beagle. Not only will the dog suffer from heavy shedding
that can result in some bald spots, there may be red blisters, sores or lesions on the skin as well.
Fortunately, this can be quickly corrected once it is determined what is causing the Beagle's reaction. A veterinarian should perform patch testing to find the cause and then the owner must eliminate that element. In moderate to severe cases, antihistamines and/or steroids may be prescribed to help the Beagle recover.
This condition develops very quickly and just as surprisingly, can disappear very quickly. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. When this occurs, there will be patches of fur loss on the coat of the Beagle. Most of the time, unlike an allergic reaction, there will be no itching. This goes away on its own as the dog’s body develops enough antibodies to fend off its inside attacker . In just about all cases, the fur will completely grow back.
Raw and red irritated areas on the skin, along with thinning fur on the area can be the result of allergies, alopecia and more. These spots can be quite itching and sore. While the issue is being diagnosed, use a quality rescue lotion that will moisturize and protect the skin and fur follicles without clogging the pore. For recommended products, look to 'Grooming' in the Beagle Specialty Shoppe.
This is an infrequent disorder in which the fur loss happens due to a negative reaction to sunlight or UV rays. This condition can be confirmed with a small skin biopsy. Not only will the coat thin, the dog’s skin will be affected also. There may be scabs, sores, redness and irritation. A Beagle with this issue must be protected from the sun. He or she should be kept inside except for house training purposes. Prednisone may be given in short and small doses initially, followed by vitamin E. The recovery rate for dogs having this is currently 87%.