Ichthyosis is considered rare and appears to be breed specific, sometimes known as "fish scale" disease. It can resemble many other skin conditions such as allergies, dermatitis, and localized reactions. Most often present at birth, and can be painful. Symptoms include: thickened pads of his paws, irritated, flaking skin, may not itch or scab, also can cause thickened skin with scaly and greasy patches and flakes. This can cause water loss, as skin is unable to maintain moisture.