When Limoncello was 3 years old, she was diagnosed with follicular dysplasia. Follicular dysplasia is a condition caused by an abnormality in the hair follicle. In Cello’s case, she was diagnosed with a non-coat-color-linked follicular dysplasia that is due to actual fracture of the hair. It typically manifests as hair loss that may or may not progresses over a dog’s lifetime. We have learned that follicular dysplasia is presumed to be genetic.
Limoncello displayed hair loss that was progressively worsening. After we ruled out other possibilities (such as demodectic mange) with our primary veterinarian, we took Limoncello to Dr. Spiegel, a dermatologist at VSEC.
Dr. Speigel did a skin biopsy in order to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Dr. Spiegel informed us that along with follicular dysplasia, hair loss, scaling/flaking of the skin, and secondary skin infections would be likely throughout Limoncello’s life.
Unfortunately, there is not a cure for this disease, and in some dogs, it can spiral out of control if the condition is not closely monitored. However, so far, we have been able to manage Limoncello’s condition even though she continues to have flare-ups of hair loss, as well as skin infections.
Under the direction of Limoncello’s dermatologist and our primary veterinarian, we have treated her scaling skin and secondary infections with supplements, shampoos, topical antimicrobials, and antibiotics when necessary. We also can only pet, brush, and dry Limoncello in the direction of hair growth to minimize fracturing her hair.
We have used the following off-and-on when needed with Limoncello:
- Hylyt spray
- Hylyt shampoo
- Hylyt Leave-On Conditioner
- Antibiotics as needed / when skin infections occur
- Grizzly Salmon oil daily (Flaxseed Oil is also an option)
Before and Afters
We’d love to hear what helped your pup’s follicular dysplasia. Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions for others dealing with the same disease.