Im absolutly defistated at the moment... i got this diagnosis today on my "Breeding" female needless to say i have taken her out of my breeding programm and that she cant be missused she will stay with me untill her last day on earth.
Have you ever heard of this on a Doberman? Its usually an Akita or Poodle thing as fahr as i have reasearched. Its making me absolutly nuts since it cant be cured....
She is thankfully not in pain... she has no itching going on, but needing to bathe her so often and oil her and bathe her again is it really an option? It will inflame again and that for the rest of her life... no medication can help exept when i gets really bad Antibiothics...
Has anyone got more information on this does anyone know how else i can help my poor baby girl?
Sebaceous adenitis is an autoimmune, inflammatory, skin disease of currently unknown cause. Research is currently underway to find if there is a genetic predisposition for SA, and the exact mode of inheritance remains unknown. However, it is postulated that it is an autosomal recessive acquired condition. It has no sex-predisposition. There are two expressions of this condition, one for long or double coated breeds and one for short coated breeds, both with differing presentations.
For long- or double-coated breeds such as Poodles, Akitas and Samoyeds, the condition often presents itself with silvery dandruff which adheres to the coat, hair loss (not to be confused with moulting or "blowing coat"), a dull and brittle coat, and later on skin lesions along the back and ears as well as thickened skin and a musty or rancid odour. For short-coated breeds such as Vizslas, the condition causes facial swellings, nodular skin lesions, fine dandruff which does not adhere to the coat, and a general "moth-eaten" appearance to the coat.
There is no cure for this condition. Treatment is generally lifelong and takes the form of bathing and soaking in mineral oils and washing with antibiotic shampoos to try to alleviate symptoms and slow the condition's progression. Antiseptic and antibiotic shampoos (chlorhexidine or benzoyl peroxide) are used to manage further secondary bacterial infection. For some breeds, cyclosporine or corticosteroids and immunosuppressant drugs may be effective, and it is postulated, through some studies, that large doses of vitamin A given orally may result in some improvement.
It has been suggested in the paper by Angus (2009) that the more aggressively one applies the topical methods of treatment, the less aggressively one needs to employ the immunosuppressant therapy. The suggestion is that this phenomenon may be due to a cyclic feedback whereby secondary infection, when not aggressively treated with topical therapy, increases and contributes to further sebaceous gland inflammation.