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Features January 2020 Issue

In Dogs, Two Types of Lupus

Discoid lupus up close in a patient of Tufts veterinary dermatologist Ramón Almela, DVM.

In Dogs, Two Types of Lupus

Different presentations, different approaches to treatment.

Just like people, dogs can get lupus. It’s an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system mistakes the body’s own tissues for foreign “invaders” and starts attacking and destroying them. Two types of lupus strike our canine pets: systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE). The first is much more devastating, with worse symptoms that can have life-threatening implications. The second is not as dangerous but needs to be brought under control to avoid serious complications down the line.

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