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Pet Health Concerns: Dermatomyositis

Dermatomyositis is a genetic disease that causes inflammation of the skin, blood vessels, and muscles. The cause of this inherited connective-tissue disease in unknown, however, certain breeds are more susceptible to it than others. Dog breeds such as Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Chow Chows, Miniature Schnauzers, German Shepherds, Lakeland Terriers, are some to name a few, that tend to be affected by this condition more so than other dog breeds. Symptoms of dermatomyositis are dermatitis, hair loss, skin pigment changes, and dry crusted skin. Diagnostic tests such as skin biopsies are conducted in order to properly diagnose this condition. Unfortunately, there is no current cure available for this genetic condition, however it is best for the pet to avoid any skin traumatizing activities and contact with direct sunlight.

To learn more about dermatomyositis in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.

Has your pet ever experienced any problems with dermatomyositis? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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