From: Steve Austin
Date: 2002-07-26 17:38:21 UTC
Subject: Ferret with scabs over 90% of his body
In humans there is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus ( SLE) that
usually is manifested with arthritis, and a lot of other
systemic symptoms, a part of this is a butterfly skin rash
on face and some other rash but not typical. Another form
is Discoid lupus - or cutaneous lupus it is not systemic
only seems to affect the skin, and a small percent of
these people will get the systemic form.
I see that dogs can get both forms, and so I guess why not
other animals, it is autoimmune, we don't understand
yet why we get autoimmune diseases- but I don't see why
it would be limited to humans.
I read about pemphigus in ferrets, also autoimmune, like lupus,
and am wondering if this wouldn't also be a possibility. I don't
know what the differences would be on pathology.
> Did they
> exhaust all options before putting him down? I never knew that
> animals could
> get lupus until very recently and it really was a suprise to me.
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