Animal Allergy and Dermatology Center
Dr. Patrick R. Nichols
Hormonal Skin Disease
Healthy skin and hair coat are a result of many factors, both internal and external. The body has several glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream. These glands and their hormones are referred to as the endocrine system. The hormones secreted are vital to normal skin and hair coat growth, as well as necessary for regulation of other body functions.
A common cause of skin disease is failure of an endocrine organ to secrete the proper amount of its hormone. This usually results in some degree of hair loss and abnormal skin quality. Depending on the hormone involved, there may be other subtle changes. Through analysis of your pet's medical history and thorough physical exam, Dr. Nichols can determine which organ is involved and direct the diagnostic work up. Hormonal disorders usually carry a good prognosis and quite often can be managed with the proper medication.