What causes dog CDA?

Color dilution alopecia or CDA is an inherited type of hair loss that affects dogs that have a dilute fur color. … Also known as color mutant alopecia or blue doberman syndrome, this inherited disease is a result of a recessive gene that causes hair shafts to break along with overall stunted hair growth.

How do dogs get CDA?

Color dilution alopecia (CDA) is an inherited skin condition, and is more common in dogs that have been bred for a diluted coat color. For adult dogs with the inherited gene, it is also considered a form of follicular dysplasia. It is more commonly found in dogs with a fawn or blue coat.

How do you treat CDA in dogs?

Management may involve shampoos, rinses, and/or ointments to manage dry skin, scaling or superficial infections. If needed, your veterinarian may prescribe oral antibiotics to treat a more severe skin infection. There may also be nutritional recommendations to maximize skin health in the face of CDA.

Should you breed from a dog with CDA?

As no test is available at the time and due to the inherited nature of this disease, dogs with CDA, their parents, and their siblings should not be used in breeding programs.

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How is CDA treated?

What are the treatments for CDA?

  1. blood transfusions and apheresis.
  2. medications, such as iron chelating agents or interferon alpha-2A (only in CDA type I)
  3. selected surgical procedures (removal of the spleen and/or gallbladder), when required.

How do you know if your dog has CDA?

Color dilution alopecia or CDA is an inherited type of hair loss that affects dogs that have a dilute fur color.

Signs of Color Dilution Alopecia in Dogs

  1. Hair thinning.
  2. Missing clumps or patches of hair.
  3. Flaky skin.
  4. Itchy skin.
  5. Skin infection.
  6. Small bumps on the skin.
  7. Dry or dull hair coat.

What is the Blue dog Syndrome?

Color-dilution alopecia is a relatively uncommon hereditary skin disease seen in “Blue” and other color-diluted dogs. This syndrome is associated with a color-dilution gene. The initial clinical signs are the gradual onset of a dry, dull and poor hair coat quality.

Can you breed two dilute dogs?

These dogs can pass on either the full-colored genes or the diluted traits’ alleles to any offspring. This means that two dogs that are full-colored can have a diluted puppy. This makes DNA testing for the D locus an important breeding tool, whether breeding for a dilute coat, or to avoid it.

Why is my blue heeler Losing hair?

All dogs have some mites on their skin, but during times of high stress, these mites will multiply uncontrollably. Mange can cause patchy hair loss and scaly skin that can be extremely itchy. Depending on the type of trauma, your dog can experience hair loss if they continually lick a specific area.

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What causes dog alopecia?

Alopecia in dogs can be the result of skin infections such as ringworm (a fungal infection), a bacterial infection or parasites such as mites, and is often the result of the dog scratching or licking an itchy or sore area. Alopecia in dogs can affect all breeds and genders at any stage of their life.

Can you test for CDA?

Microscopic examination of hairs andor skin biopsies can be used to confirm the diagnosis. There is no cure for CDA. Treatment is limited to controlling the scaliness and any associated pruritus with various shampoos or topical treatments.

What does dilute mean in dogs?

Several gene variants are known to produce dilute coloration in dogs. Colors are lightened (diluted) to paler shades as a result of the variants’ effects on pigmentation.

Can give dog melatonin?

Yes, melatonin is safe for dogs when administered properly. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid that can also help dogs with separation anxiety and stress. For dosing, the recommendation is 1 mg of melatonin per 20 pounds your dog weighs.