Clinical study on the effect of biotin on skin conditions in dogs

Frigg, M.; Schulze, J.; Völker, L.

Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde 131(10): 621-625

1989


ISSN/ISBN: 0036-7281
PMID: 2602924
Document Number: 128
In a collaborative study with small animal practitioners, dogs with hair and skin conditions were treated with biotin (approximately 5 mg biotin/10 kg body weight/day) for 3-5 weeks. In total 119 cases were treated, including dull coat, brittle hair, loss of hair, scaly skin, pruritis and dermatitis. Cases requiring other therapeutics such as glucocorticoids, were excluded from the study. In 60% of cases all symptoms were reported to be cured after biotin treatment and in a further 31% an improvement was noted; in only 9% no effect was recorded. All breeds responded but to a variable extent. In Poodles the response was lower (no response in 6 of 11 cases) than in German Shepherds, which all improved and 14 of 29 were completely cured.

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Clinical study on the effect of biotin on skin conditions in dogs