Our German Shepherd was diagnosed with symmetrical lupoid onychodystrophy. What are the treatment options and prognosis?
The vet prescribed antibiotics, antifungals and a pain reliever. I've seen posts online about using Omega 3 & 6 and even Vitamin E to treat but those weren't mentioned, only these options and a steroid if this doesn't work.
Sorry to hear about your dogs condition. In most patients the disease will be present for life unfortunately but the symptoms can be managed well such that nails regrow and pain reduced to a minimal level.
Many veterinary dermatologists think that a potential trigger for the disease is food related, so I would certainly consider a hypoallergenic food trial. Your vet will be able to make recommendations on the foods to try e.g Hill's ZD
I'm not an expert on this condition but I've read that essential fatty acids are highly effective. It may take 6 weeks to see improvement though. Sources of essential fatty acids are fish oil capsules and Derm Caps ES.
Also, vitamin E is definitely worth introducing with improvement being seen after several weeks.
Dosages of the above will need to be checked with your veterinarian.
Pain management is important as the condition can be very painful.
Hope that helps a little, please keep us updated as to your dogs progress.
| 12.02.15 @ 18:21
Thank you so much for your advice. I wanted to come back and let you know that our dog is doing great now. He did eventually lose all of his nails, but they are growing back now and he seems to have returned to normal. We took your advice and added the fish oil supplement to his regimen, we found a liquid in out pet store and we are able to add it directly to his food. It smells like fish so he doesn't question it at all, in fact I think he views it as an added treat in his food bowl.
He had gotten to the point with the medicine the veterinarian prescribed that he would balk at taking any pills no matter what lengths we went to in hiding them so the liquid was a great way for us to get him the benefits without having to stress him or us out further.
Pain management was definitely the key, there wasn't much else we could do for him but help him to stay comfortable while he went through the process of losing all of his toenails. Some days were better than others, but with the nail quick exposed for several weeks his feet were definitely tender.
It's great to have him back to his old playful self. He has a lot of personality and I was worried he wasn't going to get back to that again.
Thanks so much for your advice! | 01.26.16 @ 18:52