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I'm almost positive Rollie has Sebaceous Adenitis
It's been a while since I posted, but I was hoping for some advice. Rollie, now 7, developed crusty spots on his rear about a 1.5 years ago. At first, I just thought it was dirt build-up in his coat, but it began to spread up to his trunk. We've brought him to multiple vets, and basically, the input I'm getting is that it's likely a chronic skin condition that's more cosmetic than anything. I'm pretty sure it's sebaceous adenitis (the vets have ruled out everything you an test for, and they admit it could be SA, but they really haven't given an actual diagnosis), based on the way the scaly build-up--which is only spotty, not covering his whole boy--and the little clumps of hair that seem to come out when you remove one. (Sorry if that's gross!) But another thing I've noticed is that he has lost a ton of his coat. Some of the hair looks like it's grown back, but the skin condition hasn't gone away. It gets better then it gets worse again. Basically, all the soft, floofy coat is gone from his flank/back (all the white floof), and only the heavier/flatter, coarser hair remains (the brown/gold overcoat). I think he lost his under coat. It hasn't seemed to impact his legs/feet, chest, or head as much.
The vet gave him a course of IM antiboitics and an anti-inflammatory (oral), which seemed to help clear it up some, and we've been doing medicated baths alternating with Selsen Blue baths about weekly.
Do you know of anything else we might try to remove the scaly skin and to maybe promote hair regrowth? I'm not sure if there are better shampoos to try, and I hate to stop what we're doing since that's what the vets have recommended. But, at the same time, I'm only seeing mild improvement (and the vets don't seem to have any other ideas), so I'd appreciate any Hav owner expertise you can share.
P.S. This condition isn't life-threatening in any way, and aside from that, Rollie remains in great health and is happy and very energetic.
Jessica & Rollie
Last edited by jessegirl; 11-06-2017 at 11:02 AM.