Alopecia X in Dogs: Bueno's Story

Are you a proud owner of a Pomeranian or another Nordic breed? Ever wondered what to do when your furry friend experiences unexpected hair loss? In this article, we shed light on Alopecia X, a puzzling condition affecting breeds like Pomeranians, and share Bueno's inspiring journey with a unique solution - Nutrolin Skin & Coat Oil.

What is Alopecia X and how does it affect certain breeds of dog? 

Alopecia X, also known as Black Skin Disease, is a poorly understood cosmetic condition that causes hair loss and changes in coat colour in dogs. The name Alopecia X basically means "loss of hair due to unknown cause" which is confusing and frustrating for all. This condition usually affects Nordic breeds such as the Chow Chow, Pomeranian, Samoyed, Siberian Husky and Spitz, but can affect other breeds too. Unlike many skin conditions, Alopecia X doesn't usually cause itching or redness, which differentiates it from other skin conditions in dogs.

What are the causes of Alopecia X in dogs?

The cause of Alopecia X is unclear, but there are a number of different reasons it can occur:

  • Hormonal imbalances: Anomalies in growth hormones, and adrenal functions, have been linked to Alopecia X. High levels of cortisol caused by stress or medication has also be connected to this condition. In addition, some breeds are more disposed to Alopecia X after neutering or spaying yet others have seen an improvement the condition post neutering.

  • Genetics: Since certain breeds appear to be predisposed to Alopecia X it suggests that genetics can play a role in the condition.

  • Incorrect Grooming: Clipping close to the skin is not only unnecessary, unless required for surgical procedures, but can allow yeast to easily penetrate the skin, resulting in severe Alopecia X.

  • Diet: We all know the importance of a balanced diet and how it impacts your dog's health. Whilst food allergies are quite rare, they can affect the immune system. Your veterinarian can recommend the best diet for your dog's health needs.

  • Environment: Stress from environmental factors such as changes to your dog's surroundings, other animals or people, could add to the development or worsening of Alopecia X. 

What is the best treatment for Alopecia X? 

Since Alopecia X is hard to diagnose and the exact causes are unknown, there is no definitive cure for the condition. However, several treatment options may help manage the condition. Ask your veterinarian to determine which treatment is best suited for your dog:

  • Medication: Some cases of Alopecia X respond well to medications.

  • Nutritional Supplements: well-balanced diet with essential nutrients can support overall skin and coat health. Plus, nutritional supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids can help.

  • Regular Veterinary Check-ups: As Alopecia X can look like other skin conditions, it's important to see a veterinarian regularly.

Whilst Alopecia X doesn't have a cure, with the right diagnosis and treatment plan, the condition can be managed so your dog can live a happy, healthy life. 


Meet Bueno AKA "Boss Bueno" the Paws Up Brand Ambassador! This adorable 3 year old Pomeranian, known for his signature majestic fluffy coat has his own Alopecia X story to share. 
When Bueno was just 1.5 years old he caught a stomach virus that led to 9 months of digestive problems. With each episode of stomach upsets the veterinarian recommended a medication, that was administered via injection, to stop it.
A few month after the initial stomach virus that Bueno's owner noticed that he was starting to lose his beautiful, fluffy, coat and was more tired than usual.
Bueno's owner, who was desperate to find the cause of these health issues, decided to request an allergy test. The test results came back positive to allergies to certain proteins and carbohydrates in his diet. Once those allergens were eliminated from his diet the stomach upsets disappeared! But sadly, the hair loss and fatigue persisted.
Bueno's veterinarian ran some tests to find out why he was not feeling better. The diagnosis was Cushing's Disease - a disease when the dog has too much cortisol in their body. This disease can appear for a number of different reasons - one reason is the excessive or long-term use of corticosteroid medications (the monthly injections Bueno had for the stomach upsets were corticosteroids).  Cushing's disease can present itself in a number of different ways - one symptom is fatigue, another is hair loss (Alopecia X) which Bueno had. 

Stopping the corticosteroid medications was the only viable treatment as condition would apparently improve overtime. After months of investigating, Bueno was diagnosed with Alopecia X which was most likely triggered by too much cortisol in his body.
Alopecia X made his skin turn dark and his hair fall out in patches, and sadly, it doesn't grow back. It's like his fur decided to take a vacation! To help Bueno, his human friends tried all sorts of stuff like special shampoos, oils, and vitamins, hoping his hair would come back. But all these things didn't really work - his fur wouldn't grow back.
Then, they found something magical – Nutrolin Skin & Coat Oil. In just 4 weeks, things started to change! Bueno's hair began to grow back, especially in places where he had none, like the tip of his tail. His fur makeover is still happening, but Nutrolin is like his secret helper. 🌈✨
It was reassuring to know that Bueno was not alone and that the transformation wasn't unique to him; another Pomeranian experienced significant fur regrowth in just four months. 

Here is Justin's before and after fur transformation. His secret? He was using Nutrolin too. And guess what? Nutrolin isn't only good for Alopecia X. It can help with other skin stuff like itching, redness, and rashes.

Closing Thoughts:
While Alopecia X may not have a cure, Bueno's story showcases that with the right diagnosis and a well-crafted treatment plan, the condition can be managed. Nutrolin Skin & Coat Oil emerges as a potential ally in this journey, offering hope and positive results.

Remember, before introducing any new supplements, it's wise to consult with a veterinarian. We hope Bueno's story inspires and helps fellow pet parents in navigating the challenges of Alopecia X. Here's to happy and healthy furry friends! 🐾💖🐕💫