Skin problems can affect a dog's health, and mar his beauty. Fortunately, the Great Pyrenees isn't prone to many skin and coat conditions. While your big, white dog can suffer from skin problems common to any canine -- such as flea allergies -- sebaceous adenitis is the only hereditary dermatological issue found in the breed.
Sebaceous adenitis results in skin gland inflammation, with symptoms including hair loss, scratching, foul odor and excess dandruff. Lesions might occur on severely affected dogs, with possible secondary infections. Seek veterinary care if your dog is experiencing these symptoms. Your vet might recommend antibacterial shampoos and antidandruff products to treat the condition, along with antibiotics for skin infections.
Apocrine Gland Adenomas
As he ages, he might develop a benign tumor of the sweat glands known as an apocrine gland adenoma. If you discover a small, fluid-filled lump on your aging Great Pyrenees, it's possible that it's an apocrine gland adenoma. These growths generally appear on the legs, head or neck. Even though these lumps are primarily cosmetic, you should have any growth on your pet checked by your vet. If it's an apocrine gland adenoma, surgical removal is curative.
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Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.