Q19: I have an 18 month old, spayed,
German Shorthair Pointer female. She was diagnosed with
Canine Lupoid Dermatosis last March. I have her on
steroids, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, and an
antihistamine, and I just started her on Colloidal Silver.
Her flare-ups include fever, itching, sores that scab over,
ranging from very small to very large. Between flares she
has dry skin and thin hair. Do you have any info about this
disease. Any success stories. My Vet and Canine Specialist
says we should be looking at putting her down, but between
flares, she is a happy, loving dog. Her flares are
sometimes weeks apart, sometimes only a few days. I am
desperate to find more info on this devastating
A: Thanks for your question.
The disease that your dog has is
terribly ravaging and hard on both dog and owner. It is fairly
uncommon at this point in our breed, but the numbers are growing
fast. So fast, in fact, that there is a special study going on
about it now at a major research university. They are looking
for candidates for their study, still, I believe, and your dog
may be a candidate if you'd like to contact them. Even if she is
not able to become part of the study, they can be a resource of
info for you, and can possibly keep you apprised on the results
of their study.
It is being conducted at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and is
for dogs with canine Lupoid Dermatosis. If they agree to take
your dog into the study program, the owner has to agree as well.
The dog must physically go to Penn to participate in the study.
The Vet School will study him/her for genetic markers and
indicators, look for a cure for the disease and try different
treatments on him/her to relieve or cure
the illness. (S)he will have a sizable kennel and run and (s)he
will have play and exercise time, so (s)he won't just be a lab
animal. Penn allows owners to visit the dogs; they don't
encourage it but they don't mind. They have will agree to give
the dog back to the owner should a cure be found.
There is an interesting side note, the human Medical school
there is also interested in the study as there is a human
version of Lupoid Dermatosis as well. So the dogs will get a lot
of attention as well as funding from The National Institute of
Health to study the human disease. That bodes well for the breed
as we have a much stronger chance of finding the genetic marker
that will lead to a test when we have this much interest in the
When I mention the Vet Program at Penn many owners are very
hesitant, but when they realize that the only way to stop the
disease is to have dogs like their own studied, they realize
that they need to participate. There is now a Lupoid Dermatosis
Foundation through Penn, and they are accepting donations and
will be soliciting funds for the foundation through the GSPCA
and individual donations, as well.
Here is the contact info for Lupoid Dermatosis at Penn. Margret
is wonderful, very helpful and concerned.
Margret L Casal, Dr med vet, PhD, Dipl ECAR
Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary
3850 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010
Ph: 215-898-0029 FAX: 215-573-2162
In my opinion, this is the best possible solution to a bad
situation. Thank you for your question, and I hope this will
help. If you would kindly also provide me with your dog's
breeder's name and contact information, your dog's parent's
names and registration numbers, I will send the info to the
GSPCA (national breed club) to add to their database of genetic
disease carrier information.
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