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Certified Specialist in Skin, Ears, Hair, Nails and Allergies

Immune Disorders

Autoimmune & Immune- Mediated Skin Disorders


  • Pemphigus Foliaceous (PF)
  • Pemphigus Erythematous (PE)
  • Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV)
  • Bullous Pemhigoid
  • Discoid Lupus Erythematous (DLE)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE)
  • Vesicular Cutaneous Lupus Erythematous (VCLE)
  • Sterile Modular Panniculitis
  • Idiopathic Sterile Granuloma and Pyogranuloma
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Erythema Multiforme (EM) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
  • Cutaneous Drug Reactions (Drug Eruption)

These diseases are uncommon or rare, but are seen fairly frequently by dermatologists. The most common are Discoid Lupus Erythematous (DLE) and Pemphigus Foliaceous (PF).


Pemphigus Foliaceous

PF can look identical to skin infection. It’s lesions include pimples (pustules) and scabs (crusts) which don’t respond to antibiotics. These lesions are created by the dogs immune system attacking it’s own skin. The distribution includes the ears, paws and entire body.


Discoid Lupus Erythematous

DLE causes nasal depigmentation, inflammation, scaling, erosion, ulceration and scabs (crusting). This disease is usually restricted to front and top of the nose. More severe cases may become secondarily infected.



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