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Dermatomyositis

Description: Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory condition of the skin and muscles seen in some young dogs. It appears to be caused by a defect in the immune system passed genetically as an autosomal dominant trait, meaning that if one parent is affected, all the puppies will be susceptible to the disorder, but some will be affected more than others. 

Diagnosis: Diagnostic tests and skin biopsies are conducted to diagnose this condition. There is no cure for this condition, however, exposure to sunlight and skin traumatizing activities should be avoided. Medications can help alleviate symptoms, but affected dogs should not be used for breeding.

Breeds prone to Dermatomyositis include:

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