Thanks for having this very handy basenji information database. My 1.4 year old darling basenji girl, Kaylee, is having perplexing skin issues. Several months ago she developed an area of circular hair loss that I initially thought resulted from roughhousing at the dog park. When I returned from Christmas break I noticed the area had expanded significantly with skin inflammation. My suspicion was ringworm at that time so I started topical terbinafine (good antifungal) without success. She was then taken to the vet, who also felt it was likely to be ringworm so she was shaved and I started her on oral terbinafine (thank you Walgreens perscription savings plan). When she was shaved I noticed a small black area in the center of the hair loss, but didn't pay too much attention at that time.
About two weeks into the oral terbinafine a second area of hair loss appeared. At this point the shotgun approach was taken and oral cephalexin (antibiotic), fish oil, Benadryl, and topical hydrocortizone were added. There has been some success with hair growing back nicely in the initial area of hair loss with the secondary area holding its own. At present she is only on Benadryl and fish oil once daily with weekly treated baths. Interestingly, the areas have never bothered her in the slightest without licking or scratching; she seems perfectly healthy otherwise, thank God.
With the reasonable success, I have now noticed that the areas of black skin have been expanding under the growing hair, now with several areas present and a black region under the secondary area of alopecia. Hair loss seems to be occurring over one of the the pigmented areas. I have taken her to the vet again and the individual felt that since the hair was growing back there was nothing to be done. I don't think it's black skin disease as it doesn't seem to fit the profile. Does anyone have a similar experience or know of problems that could cause black skin and hair loss in a basenji? Thanks very much for your help and taking the time to read my case report!
Robin and Kaylee