Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis in the dog

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1983 Apr 1;182(7):687-90.


In 3 dogs, focal, well-circumscribed skin lesions compatible clinically with seborrheic dermatitis responded to oral treatment with vitamin A. Skin biopsy findings were compatible with phrynoderma in man, a disease thought to be associated with vitamin A deficiency. The dogs had been fed commercial dog food and were otherwise healthy. The skin lesions resolved rapidly and completely with vitamin A therapy. Seven other dogs with similar lesions but with histopathologic findings not compatible with phrynoderma or follicular keratosis did not respond to vitamin A therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Darier Disease / drug therapy
  • Darier Disease / pathology
  • Darier Disease / veterinary
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / drug therapy
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / pathology
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Male
  • Vitamin A / therapeutic use*


  • Vitamin A