Date: 2011-05-26 19:09:26 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Pemphigus
I posted photos of a ferret with pemphigus last summer. Found at:
The ferret is still alive. Primary treatment is with prednisolone, antibiotics as required (Baytril) and he is bathed twice a week with Dermazole. His condition waxes and wanes but the paws and toe nails have never improved.
The woman who was fostering him at the time I posted the photos - has since adopted him.
The following is an excellent paper on Pemphigus, while it does not focus on ferrets, it might be a useful resource for your vet:
Veterinary Dermatology 2004,15, 9098
Blackwell Publishing, Ltd.
Pemphigus: current therapy
WAYNE S. ROSENKRANTZ
Animal Dermatology Clinic, Tustin, CA 92780, USA
Pemphigus is an autoimmune skin disease that can present in a variety of forms and can be a challenging disease to manage and treat. An overview of the different forms of pemphigus and diagnostics are discussed including pemphigus foliaceus (PF), pemphigus erythematosus (PE), panepidermal pustular pemphigus (PPP), pemphigus vulgaris (PV) and paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP). Emphasis on therapy is presented.
Included are the most current commonly used therapeutics (glucocorticoids, azathioprine, chlorambucil and tetracycline
and niacinamide); current alternative therapeutics (cyclosporin and tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil) and additional alternative therapeutics (cyclophosphamide, chrysotherapy, dapsone, sulfasalazine and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) therapy).
If you would like me to send you this paper, please email me privately.
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