Skin Disease, Autoimmune (Pemphigus) in Dogs
Your dog will need to be hospitalized for supportive care if it is severely affected by the condition. Steroid therapy may be prescribed briefly to bring the condition under control. If corticosteroid and azathioprine therapy is prescribed, your dog will be switched to a low-fat diet, since these medications can dispose animals to pancreatitis. Your veterinarian will treat your dog with the drugs that are specifically suited to the form of pemphigus it has.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments to see your dog every one to three weeks. Standard blood-work will be performed at each visit to check for progress. Once your dog's condition has gone into remission, it may be seen once every one to three months. The sun can worsen this condition, so it is important to protect your dog from excessive exposure to the sun.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
Having the ability to produce disease
A lesion on the skin that is filled with pus
The disappearance of the signs and symptoms of a particular disease; this is often used in association with cancer
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed
Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Any disease in which an animal's body creates antibodies that are used against itself.
The outside layer of the skin
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.
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
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