Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian, Get an Answer ASAP!

dog health topic

Sebaceous Adenitis in Dogs

What is sebaceous adenitis in dogs?

Typically a veterinarian may not see many cases of sebaceous adenitis; this disease may be very rare inflammatory skin disease. In the case that a dog may have sebaceous adenitis, this disease may some type of affect on a dog’s skin glands. Usually this disease may be more seen in dogs that are young or in the middle age. There may also be certain breeds of dogs that may see this disease more commonly such as, Poodles, Samoyeds and Akitas. This is not to say that other breeds of dogs could not get sebaceous adenitis. Veterinarians may not know what exactly causes sebaceous adenitis in dogs.

What are the symptoms of sebaceous adenitis in dogs?

Dogs that have sebaceous adenitis may have several symptoms. However the symptoms may depend on whether the dog is long haired or short haired. Veterinarians may consider these symptoms to be 2 types of sebaceous adenitis due to the difference in the symptoms.

• Long haired dogs with sebaceous adenitis may include but are not limited to.
• A dog may have a fold smell around the hairline.
Alopecia may occur.
• A dog’s hair may become matted in small areas.
• In some cases a dog’s hair may look brittle, dull or coarse.
• Severe itching or scratching along the hairline.
• Some dogs may experience scales of a white or silver color.
• At the hair follicle there could be a bacterial infection.

In short haired dogs the symptoms may be different; these may include but are not limited to.

• Alopecia, this may be in either a circle shape or down the hairline
• Some dogs have scaling around the head, ears and trunk
• In some cases of sebaceous adenitis a dog may have a bacterial infection alongside of the hairline, this may not be very common in short haired dogs

For more information regarding sebaceous adenitis in dogs such as, can sebaceous adenitis cause a dog to have permanent hair loss or can a dog pass sebaceous adenitis to another dog. Read below where an Expert has answered many frequently asked questions over sebaceous adenitis in dogs.

How is sebaceous adenitis treated in dogs?

Sebaceous adenitis in dogs may not be a very common condition very many veterinarians to come across. Typically before treatment a veterinarian may want to do a skin biopsy to be positive on the condition that is affecting the dog. Now after diagnosis a vet may try many different things to treat the sebaceous adenitis, these treatments may include.

1. Propylene glycol- This is an infiltrating mixture that goes in the skin to help amplify water content in the dog’s skin. This may increase the amount of water in a dog’s skin around 50 to 75 percent. Typically this may be a spray on method, which may be difficult to apply directly to the affected skin. Some veterinarians may choose this treatment as a last option.

2. Bath Oil Treatment- A bath oil treatment may consist of half light mineral oil and half water; this may need to be squirt all over the dogs body and rubbed in. Typically this mixture may need to be allowed to set for around 1 or 2 hours. The removal of the oil may be done by a dish soap bath; this could be done around every 7 days. After the first month the dog may only need this to be done around every 2 to 4 weeks.

3. Vitamin-Usually Retinol or also known as vitamin A may be helpful, this could be used at around 8,000 to 20,000 international units either 1 to 2 times a day.

What could cause a dog to have a foul odor, greasy look and can’t stop itching. Could it be possible for the dog to have sebaceous adenitis?

Typically it may not be very common; however it could be possible that a dog could have sebaceous adenitis. Typically a dog that does have sebaceous adenitis may not be itchy or look greasy. It may be a good idea to take the dog to see a veterinary dermatologist. This type of veterinarian may be able to perform a skin biopsy; which may determine what is going on with the dog.

Can cyclosporine help cure sebaceous adenitis in dogs? If so what would be the proper dose?

Cyclosporine may be a form of treatment for a dog with sebaceous adenitis rather than a cure. The reason that this may not be considered a cure may be due to a relapse occurring. The cyclosporine may be a very good treatment for the sebaceous adenitis; this may be given at 5 milligrams for every pound the dog weights. Typically this dose may only be given once day.

Sebaceous adenitis in dogs may not be one of the most common diseases to be seen, but it does occur in some dogs. This disease may be easy or difficult to treat, this may all depend of the type of sebaceous
Please type your question in the field below

3 verified Dog Veterinarians are online now

Dog Veterinarians on JustAnswer are verified through an extensive 8-step process including screening of licenses, certifications, education and/or employment. Learn more

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

902 positive reviews
Dr. Andy

Medical Director

Doctoral Degree

16112 positive reviews
Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

9980 positive reviews
See all Dog Veterinarians
JustAnswer in the news:
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.