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Discoid Lupus Erythematosus in Dogs

What is discoid lupus erythematosus in dogs?

Discoid lupus erythematosus or what is known as DLE may often be an uncommon autoimmune disease of the basal cell layer of a dog’s skin. Often this disease may occur in humans as well as cats, but it is more common in dogs. DLE may not turn into systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE may often develop some sort of skin symptoms, however it is known that DLE and SLE are two different conditions; simply because the worsening of the symptoms. DLE is known to be a condition where a dog may often become sensitive to their own tissues in their body. However, the result may often end up in crusting, depigentation, redness, and even ulcers on the dog’s nose. Also, in some cases, lesions may often occur around the dog’s eyes, ears, legs and many other areas.

What are some discoid lupus erythematosus symptoms in dogs?

In some cases, some common symptoms of discoid lupus erythematosus may often be scaling and the loss of pigment on the dog’s nose; these types of symptoms are often found in 90% of dogs. When scaling and the loss of pigment occurs, the surface of the nose may appear to be smooth, gray in color, and ulcerated instead of black. Over a period of time, the dogs lips and skin around the eyes, ears and genitals may often become affected. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions regarding the signs of discoid lupus erythematosus in dogs.

What could be the cause of a dog to have a raw, bloody and scabby nose?

In some situations, one consideration to a dog having a raw, bloody and scabby nose may often be known as discoid lupus erythematosus. DLE is known as an autoimmune disorder that may often be seen more in German Shepherds. Often, this disease may often cause cuts or scratches on the dog’s nose, but also may occur to the eyes and lips. These cuts and scratches may differ from the increase or decrease in pigmentation to scabbed, bleeding, red, infected or even ulcer cuts.

What could be the reason a dogs nose begins to turn pink without any pain or scratching?

There may be many different conditions in which may cause a dog to lose the pigmentation in their nose. These conditions may often include some sort of bacterial infection, ringworm, demodicosis, discoid lupus erythematosus, vitiligo, cutaneous lymphoma or even allergies. Often the most common cause may be discoid lupus erythematosus. However, even though there are many different conditions that may be possible, each condition may often have a different treatment; so it may be wise to have the dog seen by a vet. Discoid lupus erythematosus in some cases may be uncommon for some individuals, however to some vets this disease may be seen in more cases than others. Some individuals may begin to worry regarding cuts and lesions appearing on a dogs nose, eyes, ears, legs and many other areas of the body or the fact that the dog is beginning to lose color to their nose. For more information pertaining the treatment, symptoms and long term effects of discoid lupus erythematosus, individuals may contact an Expert.

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