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2015 Flea & Tick Survival Guide

Skin Disease, Autoimmune (Pemphigus) in Dogs

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Treatment

 

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.

 

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