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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 8 yo smooth color started with scabby sores on her body.

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My 8 yo smooth color started with scabby sores on her body. Then sh developed sores on her lips. Her vulva also swelled to the size of a small apple. She was in severe pain and moaned. But she is stoic, like most collies. Also she is my service dog. The vet did a fungal biopsy that was negative. Now they want to do a biopsy for cutaneous lymphoma. But no one has ever seen this before. We can't afford the cost finding out what is wrong and then treat it. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Collie and I regret that I'm not allowed to communicate with customers by phone. I understand your financial constraints. In light of them I would treat a presumptive pemphigus complex - autoimmune skin disease - with an immunosuppressive dose of prednisone (1-2 mg/lb daily) and see how she responded. A biopsy of her skin is, indeed, necessary to confirm such a disorder as well as a lymphoma but a positive response to such a dose of a corticosteroid would be highly suggestive of autoimmune skin disease while cutaneous lymphoma wouldn't be expected to respond to such therapy.

Feel free to share our conversation with her vet and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. That's much less frightening. I have serious autoimmune diseases and have been on high-dose steroids. I will discuss your findings with Clover's
Vet.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Oh my. That's a curious coincidence. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.