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Autoimmune Diseases in Dogs

Canine Autoimmune Disease Treatment Cost: $525 to $20,100

What are Autoimmune diseases in Dogs? 

Autoimmune diseases develop when the immune system contains one or more overactive components, which prevent the immune system from distinguishing between a normal body cell and a foreign body. This results in an immune system that stops creating antibodies to fight against invasions from foreign bodies and instead creates auto-antibodies that begin to attack normal cells.

The disease can be limited to a single region or organ of the body, or it could affect the entire body. Several of the more common autoimmune diseases in canines are Addison’s disease, Pemphigus Vulgaris, systemic lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases in Dogs

The type of treatment depends on the type of autoimmune disease, with options that range from medications to steroid replacement therapy, physical therapy to surgery.

The three most common autoimmune diseases are:

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Autoimmune diseases develop when the immune system contains one or more overactive components, which prevent the immune system from distinguishing between a normal body cell and a foreign body. Addison’s disease, Pemphigus Vulgaris, systemic lupus, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis are common examples.
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