My Newfie recently developed scabby areas on his nose, which quickly spread to his body. Our Vet did a biopsy and gave us the results, pemphigus foliaceus, which basically is when the immune system decides the skin is a forign object it needs to kill. There is no cure. All you can do is try to find a medicine combination to stablize it. Right now the big guy is taking 100 mil. of prednisone, and vitamine E, and niacinamide, along with Azathioprine. Most of these meds have alot of side effects, but atleast he is not all raw. I dont know how long his body will be able to tollerate the preds, or the Azathioprine. He is only 5 1/2 years old, and such a good boy. I dont want to have to put him down. Any advise will be thankfully appreciated. We are told this disease is seen in the Newfoundland breed, there is no test that will detect it prior to it happening to your dog.
I feel so bad for your dog, but as you have written in your e-male is what it is all about usually occurs in middle age dogs diagnosed with a biopsy. Scabby areas some raw can travel over the body it is an autoimmune sysytem problem and your body somehow sees the skin as a bad thing and attacks it.. I do not think there is a cure I know prednisone is a treatment for it but I am not sure if new meds have come out> I will keep you and your doggy in are animal prayers. A friend of mine had a dog with pf lived an ok life but the meds and care were expensive and in the end she had to get the dog put down as good as the prednisone is. It has side effects with long term use but your dog was just diagnosed see what happens they are always coming up with new treatments for things
I've never heard of it, but here's a link that may offer you some insight http://www.vetinfo.com/dencyclopedia/depemphigus.html and a site where someone has written of their experiences in dealing with this in their pet http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Field/5413/pemphigus.htm Good luck & I hope these prove helpful to you.