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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
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"Charlie" - Doberman with Discoid Lupus Erythematosis

When Charlie's owners came to see me it was always likely he was going to be a difficult case as he had been unsuccessfully treated elsewhere. I was however somewhat taken aback when his owners suggested that the reason why he had such a hideously ulcerated looking nose was because of a condition known as "discoid lupus erythematosis". "Why is it?", I thought to myself, "that when ever owners self diagnose their own pets they always plump for the most rare and bizarre conditions....................bleeding Google!"

For 5 years at the University of Glasgow we were taught, "Common conditions are often seen." There is no doubt that over the last 25 years that mantra has held good and the logical step by step process which we adopt at Fairfield has held us in good stead for the diagnosis of many difficult conditions through the process of ruling out the most likely first. Consequently, in repsonse to their suggestion I proferred the more commonly seen disease of "nasal pyoderma".

A 2 week course of appropriate antibiotics at the correct dosage, needless to say, yielded no improvement. The next logical step was a biopsy of "Charlie's" nose; not a procedure to be taken lightly or indeed "sneezed at."

Fortunately, "Charlie" and his owners took everything in their stride including the final diagnosis of "discoid lupus erythematosis" a RARE disease where in fact the immune system (possibly aggravated by ultraviolet light) decides to "attack" the nose causing quite severe ulceration and consequent damage. In this instance, this disease was very responsive to low doses of immunosuppressive drugs and "Charlie's" good looks have now returned.

I have now updated our mantra, "Common conditions occur commonly...............but that doesn't mean that rare conditions don't crop up now and again!"

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

"Martha" - GSD with Gastric Volvulus
"Crinkle" - Cat with "Cauliflower Ear"

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