What are the symptoms of autoimmune disease in cats?
Symptoms and Types
- Scales, crust, pustules, shallow ulcers, redness, and itching of the skin.
- Footpad overgrowth and cracking.
- Occasional vesicles: fluid-filled sacs/cysts in the skin.
- The head, ears, and footpads are the most commonly affected; this often becomes generalized over the body.
- Gums and lips may be affected.
What causes autoimmune disease in cats?
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in CatsAutoimmune diseases are the result of an immune system that has become hyper-defensive, attacking the cells, tissues, and organs of its own body as if they are diseases that need to be destroyed. SLE is rare, but is believed to be underdiagnosed.
How do you treat pemphigus in cats?
The autoimmune disorder feline pemphigus foliaceus (PF) typically causes dermatologic lesions on the face, ears, and paws. Immunosuppressive therapy, including glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, and chlorambucil, is commonly used to treat the disorder, and typically remission is observed with treatment.
Can cats cause lupus?
Systemic lupus is a rare feline autoimmune disease, caused by abnormal regulation of the immune system. Although no definitive breed predisposition has been established, Siamese cats appear to be more likely than other breeds to develop systemic lupus.