Canine Pemphigus is a rare autoimmune disease that manifests itself in the form of manufacturing auto-antibodies. The most common type in dogs is called pemphigus foliaceus. It causes outbreaks of blisters on the top layers of the dog’s skin and mucous membranes. It usually grows on the ears, face and in the mouth. It is mostly seen in dogs of about 4 years in age. The breeds most commonly affected are dachshunds, Doberman pinschers, schipperkes, Finnish spritzes, Newfoundland dogs, Akitas, collies, German shepherds, and collies.
Symptoms Of Pemphigus
Pemphigus typically begins around the muzzle, the skin around the eyes, the ears or the pads of the feet. It can then work its way towards other areas of the dog's body. The pustules can appear suddenly and then develop into crusty, solid bumps that can peel. Lesions can form and then expand to other body parts and blisters may form there as well. Fever can be a symptom in more serious cases of phemphigus.
The Cause And Typical Treatment
The usual cause for autoimmune health problems in dogs can be related to vaccinations and booster shots that have been administered. The dog's immune system can have difficulty adjusting to the medication. The vaccines are introduced into the bloodstream and pass through the system, causing inflammation in the skin, bones, brain, and the digestive tracts. A skin biopsy is the best avenue for diagnosing pemphigus. Treatment typically comes in the form of prednisone to aid in healing the crusting and the scabs. However, because of the immunosuppressive aspect of the medicines, the dogs need to be closely watched for adverse affects.
Homeopathic Remedies For Pemphigus
There are homeopathic remedies that will not cause the same dire side effects. Thuja 30 is a natural supplement that can be helpful in the treatment of the uncomfortable symptoms of pemphigus. Give your dog one dose of 2 pills without water or food for at least 1 hour. Do not give any more doses unless it is deemed necessary after a month. This can delete the negative affects of the vaccinations.
Transfer Factor Plus is a non-toxic supplement that can aid in stabilising the immune system. Give one capsule initially and then give 2 or 3 per day, along with food. A paste can be made by mixing it with water and smearing it on the blistered areas. In addition, a raw food diet can be beneficial, as well. Acupuncture has been proven effective in helping the immune system to be revised. As a preventive measure, it is wise to keep your dog out of the sun because sunburn can worsen the symptoms. Canine sun blocks could also be used.