|Barked: Sat Dec 1, '12 8:00pm PST |
|I'm not familiar with "Collie nose." Is your diagnosis based on a symptom picture, or was there an actual test for it?
From reading a bit online, it looks like you should do a biopsy of the area if you haven't already. If that comes back positive, actively work to keep her protected from the sun, and look into alternative medicine for ways to manage the condition. There is no cure for DLE, so anything you give her will be for management. Prescription anti-inflammatories and steroids work, and work quickly, but over time will suppress her system further instead of building it up. They may be necessary from time to time, but the goal should be to stay off them as much as possible.
The only thing I would add is that Huskies are also prone to Zinc Responsive Dermatosis, which presents a very similar symptom picture. It's also almost unheard of outside of Huskies and Malamutes, so many vets are not familiar with it. I have even had vets argue over whether the condition exists. What happens is the dog simply stops absorbing zinc correctly, and needs to have it supplemented back into their diet. It's best to do this with a vet's help, as zinc is not a water-soluble nutrient and you can overdose it - however, it takes a LOT to overdose. There is no test to diagnose ZRD, you start giving supplements and look for improvements in 2 - 4 weeks time.
I don't know if ZRD can happen in addition to DLE, or if zinc - which is good for the skin - is something you should try giving for DLE anyway. Good questions for your vet and further research.
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