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Australian Shepherd With Lupus
Yesterday my 3 1/2 year old Aussie was diagnosed with Lupus. She had a couple of mild cases of pancreatitis but was otherwise healthy until February of this year.
It was then when I noticed she was having problems getting up from a sitting position. A week later she broke out with skin lesions in her ears and hips. A few weeks after that, she had swelling in her hocks.
She was treated with different antibiotics and steroids and would get better but symptoms would return. After countless visits to the vet, she was finally diagnosed with Lupus.
Dr. said the only treatment for this is high doses of steroids along with other other immune suppressing drugs. I love her like she's a child of mine and can't bear the thought of putting her down.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had an Aussie with Lupus?