Autoimmune Disease in Dogs

Brad & Cody

As many of you know, our dog, Cody, has recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.  Because of his specific multiple symptoms over the course of the two years we’ve been seeking answers and the recent ANA test that was positive, we suspect it’s Lupus. It’s been a very long journey and we feel we may finally have an accurate diagnosis.

Some history:  Cody is a 5.5 year old, neutered male, Australian Shepherd.  He’s our awesome dog with whom we’ve been on a 2 year search for what’s ailing the handsome boy.  He presented with lameness approximately 2 years ago, which has continued to worsen over the course of the 2 years.  We’ve been through a variety of local vets, specialists at Georgia Veterinary Rehab, as well Georgia Veterinary Services, an internal medicine specialist in Atlanta and also University of Georgia ortho specialist (and his 4 vet students).  In addition to chronic lameness, he has presented twice this year with a fever of unknown origin (106.5) and also has some skin and ear issues.

Here are some links that we’ve used to learn a bit more about autoimmune disease in dogs: 

As we learn more, we’ll keep posting.

Note:  This is not a substitute for proper veterinary care. Always consult with your veterinarian

Lisa Lyle Waggoner is the author of The Original Rocket Recall™: Teach Your Dog to Come. She’s a CPDT-KA, a CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior, a dog*tec Certified Professional Dog Walker and the founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, North Carolina. The company’s trainers enjoy providing virtual behavior consulting and training solutions to clients around the globe and offers coaching, mentoring and behavior case support for pet professionals.


3 Responses

  1. Hey! Hey! Where is the Pet Tech logo below?? 🙂
    Brad, please give me a call after November 10th. I may have something we are doing that would help to educate Pet Parents about Lupus. Thanks for what you do for our pets!

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