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Current Cases Monday- Abbys Story

Monday, October 07, 2013

Monday has come back around and it is time to share another amazing case of the wonderful pets of Westbury! Recently, Abby has been coming to see one of the doctors here for an unusual skin condition. 

Abby is a 3 year old Vizsla (Ironic that our recent breed highlight mentions this skin disease as a concern!). Abby was brought in by her owners because her hair was falling out in circular areas. She was not itchy or bothered by her hair loss at all. 

Several skin tests were perfomed to rule out the most common disorders with this type of lesions. Some of the more common causes include skin mites, fungal disease such as ringworm, and bacterial infection. Despite the negative tests, Abby did have a history of ringworm in her past so she was treated with some topical medications to prevent any contagiousness to her owners should she have fungus on her skin.

Here is a picture of Abby when she first presented to the clinic. Note the round ares of hair loss. 


Abby's skin had no improvement after several weeks of treatment. A skin biopsy was performed where a few small pieces of skin tissue are sent to a lab for testing. The results were for a rare skin condition called Sebaceous Adenitis. 

Normal skin in mammals contains glands called sebaceous glands, which produce normal oils needed to hydrate the skin. In a pet with sebaceous adenitis, the normal skin glands are inflammed and can eventually be destroyed altogether. 

There is no known cause for this condition, but several breeds are predisposed including the Vizsla, the Standard Poodle, and the Chow Chow. It is not a health hazard to the animal, and is more of a cosmetic concern.

Abby was started on some standard treatment including anti-inflammatory medication and routine bathing. 

After 4 weeks of treatment, Abby was pretty much back to normal with the exception of some areas of hair loss where the biopsies were taken. 


Breed Highlighting Wednesday: The Vizsla

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


Representing The Vizsla today is Katarina! Katarina is a wonderful patient of Westbury and frequent flier of the boarding facilities. Katarina is extremely sweet and is well known by the entire staff for her toy snake that she carries EVERYWHERE!


The Vizsla is a medium-sized short-coated hunting dog. They are lightly built and lean dogs with defined muscles, and are observed to share similar physical characteristics with the Weimaraner. The nose of the Vizsla will always have a reddish color that blends with the coat color. Black, brown, light pink, or another color nose is an indication of another breed.  


Vizslas are very high energy, gentle-mannered, loyal, caring, and highly affectionate. They quickly form close bonds with their owners, children and even strangers. They are very good guard dogs when trained.

Possible Health Concerns:

  • Hip dysplasia is very rare but remotely possible.
  • Canine Epilepsy
  • Cancer (Lipoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma)
  • Sebaceous adenitis

Fun Facts:

  • The name Vizsla means Pointer
  • They originate from Hungary
  • Unlike many other dogs, Vizslas do not have an undercoat. Therefore they are unsuited for living outdoors.
  • Vizslas are nicknamed Velcro dogs. They are extremely people-oriented dogs. In fact, they do not do well kenneled and away from the family. Having a Vizsla is like having a 4-legged extension of yourself.

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