Update on Karmel - 02/08
We visited our vet this morning to discuss the results of the biopsy. The diagnosis is Pemphigus Foliaceus, a genetic skin disease. This is a good site to read about it.http://www.dermvet.com/pemphigusfoliaceus.htm
Interestingly, research has shown that 6.3 years is the age of a dog when the disease manifests itself. Karmel is 6.
Treatment is lifelong. to help her auto immune system keep the disease in check.
Megasolone anti-inflammatory tablets are prescribed. My vet recommended doubling the dosage Karmel is now on, for 2-3 weeks, and then we will try reducing it by half, in the hope that we can get it down to perhaps a tablet every other day.
Side effects are drinking lots of water, weight increase, diahorrea, and possible kidney and liver damage long term.
There is an alternative treatment to Megasolone, which is more expensive. Some research is still being carried out and my vet is going to speak to the lab to see if they will accept Karmel for some tests.
I would like to give credit to my vet. From the beginning, in April, when she first saw Karmel and the problem with her feet, she suggested either auto immune problems, or infection.
Infection was eventually ruled out, as was allergy. She has been proven correct, and I continue to have the utmost faith in her.