Discoid lupus in dogs is an autoimmune condition that results in discoloration of the nose. In rare cases, it can also affect other areas of the skin. Professionals have yet to find a specific cause for this problem, but genetics may play a role due to the fact that certain breeds as more affected than others. Some of these breeds include Siberian Husky, German Shepherd, and Collie.


As you already know, this condition begins as loss of pigment around the nose. As the disease gets worse, your dog may develop scaling of nasal tissue and sores. The nose’s surface may also become smooth instead of having it’s normal cobblestoned texture. These sores aren’t bothersome to some dogs, but others are very bothered by them.

Discoid lupus in dogs causes symptoms that mimic other diseases. They include ringworm and different types of dermatitis, especially solar dermatitis. In order to diagnose this disease accurately, the veterinarian will have to perform a biopsy of tissue from the affected area.


Treatment of this condition will depend on how advanced it is. Mild cases can usually be treated using a strong, topical ointment. Severe cases of discoid lupus have to be treated with corticosteroids. It may also be useful to supplement your dog’s diet with vitamin E. However, you should be aware that any benefits of vitamin E supplementation will take months to take effect.

As mentioned earlier, discoid lupus in dogs causes sores to form on your dog’s nose. Ultraviolet light only makes these sores worse. Therefore, you should try to limit your dog’s exposure to ultraviolet light. This is especially important during the summer months. Applying sunscreen to your dog’s nose will help, but you need to make sure he doesn’t rub it off.

2 thoughts on “Lupus Treatment For Dogs

  1. NOOOOOOOOObama!

    My dad’s dog- a very emotional question about euthanasia?
    My dad’s dog is 13. She has been very sick with serious digestive problems. Her medicine is very expensive and isn’t completely effective as the dog still has many episodes of bloody diarhea. The vet has tried everything and my dad has gotten a 2nd opinion with the same recommendations for treatment.

    The dog also has arthritis, which is hard to treat because the medicines complicate the situation with her digestion. She limps and is in obvious pain, even whining frequently.

    My dad hasn’t chosed to put her to sleep because he thinks she is still happy, wagging her tail and playing with her toys and occasionally chasing a rabbit or two (even then these playful episodes cause her pain levels to increase).

    I have lupus, so I know about living with pain and I wouldn’t want someone to kill me just because I have pain that doesn’t go away.

    But what about this situation? what would you do and why?
    Terrier Lady- Oh my! Now I am crying how sad and sweet! I have a dear little bichon-poo and can’t even stand to think of that day.

    1. Foolish Pleasure Hates STUPID

      Since it is your father’s dog, I’d just wait for him to come to the conclusion that the dog’s quality of life is not so good, and take it upon himself to have her euthanized. Arthritis comes and goes with the weather, some what, and as the weather gets warmer and dryer she may feel a lot better from that. As for the digestive problems, if he’s willing to deal with them, so be it. He sounds intelligent enough to deal with the whole business. He will know when the time is right.

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