Canine Disease Information: Dalmatian Bronzing Syndrome



  • Type Disease
    Skin
  • Name
    Dalmatian Bronzing Syndrome
  • Abbreviation
    DBSx
  • Description
    Affected dogs have a patchy hair coat and their skin has a bronze hue. There is inflammation of the hair follicles. This appears to be related to the excessive uric acid excretion that occurs in the Dalmatian, and the associated tendency to develop urinary stones (urate urolithiasis). However not all Dalmatians are affected with bronzing syndrome even though all have excessive uric acid excretion.
  • How Transferred
    unknown. Urate urolithiasis is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait.
  • What to Look for
    As mentioned, affected dogs have a patchy hair coat and a bronze hue to the skin. Hair follicles are inflamed and readily become infected.
  • Diagnosis
    As mentioned, affected dogs have a patchy hair coat and a bronze hue to the skin. Hair follicles are inflamed and readily become infected.
  • Treatment
    The periodic skin infections in these dogs are treated with antibiotics and antiseptic shampoos. Your veterinarian may also suggest dietary modification and medication to reduce uric acid levels.\nFor the veterinarian: The therapeutic value of reducing purines (through dietary modification and allopurinol) as a treatment for this skin condition has not been fully explored.
  • Veterinarian Information
    The elevation of blood uric acid levels may not correlate with the bacterial folliculitis.
  • Breeding Considerations
    Affected dogs should not be used for breeding.
  • Known Breeds Affected
    Dalmatian

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