Canine Lupus – A Complete Guide
In this article we will discuss everything there is to know about Canine Lupus including the causes and signs and symptoms of the disease.
This condition is sometimes referred to by it’s scientific name Lupus Erythematosus.
There are actually two forms of this disease one of which is more common in certain dog breeds. One is referred to as Canine Discoid Lupus (CDL) and the other Canine Systemic (CSL)
The disease is caused when the antibodies that are supposed to protect your dog start to attack the body tissue. It is not a very common disease and is relatively rare.
CDL is more common in Huskys, Collies, Sheepdogs, German Shepherds and also Pointers. CDL is the more common form of the two varieties.
CDL will often display symptoms around the nose and face as this is where this variety is prone to attack.
The disease will also start attacking your dogs vital organs including the Liver, Heart, Kidneys, areas of Skin, the Joints and even the Lungs – this is why the disease is so dangerous and needs treatment during the very early stages.Symptoms can include
You may notice that your dog starts to lose areas of fur.
Your dog may develop crusty skin that also develops lesions in specific areas
As the disease also affects the joints it can cause your dog to become lame due to the onset of Arthritis
You may notice that your dog becomes more tired after exercise or tired and lethargic generally.
Your pooch may also develop pale gums – this is a sign that your pooch has developed Anemia.
The nasal cavity may start to scar due to the disease.
If the Kidneys have been directly affected you may notice that your dog starts to drink more water and urinate more often.
Your dog may start to suffer with aching muscles that are also painful.Canine Lupus is a serious illness that needs treatment as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms.