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Old August 9th, 2009, 01:41 PM
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familial dermatomyositis

Our 6 month old (mixed breed )has familial dermatomyositis and is on prednisone and pentoxyfilline. She has a fairly mild case, only skin problems so far, no muscle loss that we can notice. Has any one else had experience with this disease? Is there any additional treatment that helps e.g. vitamins?
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Old August 9th, 2009, 02:35 PM
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mossrocks, welcome to pets.ca

I am sorry to hear about your puppy. I do not have any experience with familial dermatomyositis ....in fact, I've never even heard of it and had to google it.

The website I looked at (http://www.upei.ca/~cidd/Diseases/de...tomyositis.htm) said ...

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Skin lesions are exacerbated by trauma and by exposure to ultraviolet light, so these should be avoided (by the use of sunscreens for example). This may be all that is required in mildly affected dogs, who are likely to outgrow the condition with time.

Dermatomyositis can usually be managed fairly well in moderately affected dogs, with the above precautions and the use of Vitamin E and occasional use of corticosteroids for flare-ups.
Hopefully, that will be the case with your puppy.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help but there may be other members here that have been through this that can offer more advice.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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mossrocks, I just sent this thread via a pm to Dr. Lee who is gracious enough to offer his advice to the members here. I know he will respond as soon as he reads it.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 04:09 PM
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Welcome to the board, mossrocks. I've no experience with this disease, but I did want to add my wish that your dog outgrows the condition!
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Old August 9th, 2009, 05:34 PM
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Thanks for your replies. I've been to most of the webs sites that even mention the disease but there's not much info there (or at least not that I can find) so was hoping for some first hand advice. Will continue hoping!
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Old August 9th, 2009, 09:48 PM
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Our 6 month old (mixed breed )has familial dermatomyositis and is on prednisone and pentoxyfilline. She has a fairly mild case, only skin problems so far, no muscle loss that we can notice. Has any one else had experience with this disease? Is there any additional treatment that helps e.g. vitamins?
I am sorry to hear about your pet's diagnosis. This is an uncommon disease. I would recommend, if you have not already, have the case followed by a veterinary specialist - dermatologist/internal medicine.

Pentoxifylline (Trental) is the treatment of choice. Prednisone is often used but may likely be unhelpful. Vitamin E given orally twice daily may be beneficial as well as using Vitamin E topically once daily. It is also important to control secondary infections.

This is a serious disease. Some cases can be self limiting and I certainly hope the best for your pet. If I can be of any additional help, please let me know.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:53 AM
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Thanks for your comments. I do have a great Vet but she has limited experience with this disease and we're both trying to get as much info as possible. She's a happy dog, plays with others and doesn't seem to be affected mentally or physically (apart from the hair loss and scabbing) but I'm wondering about the long term. I know it's a life long disease but do you know if it shortens the dogs life or get worse as they get older?
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Old August 10th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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I too have limited experience with this disease. My understanding unfortunately is that is can while it can resolve in some cases on its own, it can also get much worse. This is why I recommend touching base with a specialist. This is not a common disease.
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