Treatment varies depending on severity of symptoms and the possibility of secondary infection, due to bacterial infection for example. Bullous pemphigoid condition requires immunosuppressive agents, which slow or halt the immune system’s activity, and gentle cleansing soaks with antibacterial shampoo and water. Antibiotics may be necessary to treat bacterial infections that develop as a secondary result of this skin condition. Continued hospital treatment is only necessary if serious symptoms remain throughout the body (systematic) or secondary infections occur. Even with prompt and effective treatment, the long term prognosis for this disease is not good.
Dogs with bullous pemphigoid should be monitored frequently to observe the progression of the disease or for medication related side effects, such as a weakened immune system (a condition known as immunosuppression). Keep patients out of sun, as ultraviolet (UV) light may worsen lesions.
Since UV rays may worsen the condition, avoiding excessive sun would be best for your dog until treatment has finished.
A special type of tissue that exudes mucus
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The reduction in the amount of resistance the body has to a disease
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The area between the abdomen and thighs; the inguinal area
A protein in the body that is designed to fight disease; antibodies are brought on by the presence of certain antigens in the system.
Any disease in which an animal's body creates antibodies that are used against itself.
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Used to refer to any drug or medical substance that has the ability to slow down or stop the growth of bacteria and other such organisms.