pet’s breed: German Shepherd pet’s age: 2 pet’s sex: Male
I got my dog 1 year ago from the local pound. When I got him I noticed that he had dry and discoloured patches on the side of each nostril, I did wonder what
it was but he seemd fine and it almost disappeared when summer came so i stopped thinking about it.
It’s now January and he has had a dry, now crusty patch which covers almost half of his nose, it’s been there for about 6 weeks and is now getting
cracked and with small red splits appearing.
I am very worried. I took him to the local vet who gave him Anti-Biotics and an Anti-Fungal cream for his nose and said he should come back in 2 weeks.
I am really worried that it is the ‘dnagerous’ form of lupus and am worried about sitting back for 2 weeks when more action could be taken? All and
any advice appreciated. Thank you
What you describe is likely to be a Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE). Despite the long and scary name, it may never cause great harm to your companion and I should not panic.
This is a skin condition involving the nose and sometime the area between the nose and the eyes.
As it appears to be seasonal (winter) and restrained to a few fissures, you can probably get it under reasonable control by applying some vaseline.
A definitive diagnosis can be reached by taking biopsies of the lesions. This needs to be done under general anaesthetic.
There is a good picture of DLE on this blog: http://my-pet-medicine.com/2007/01/24/canine-discoid-lupus-image/
I hope this re-assures you.