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Immune-mediated skin diseases are those where factors such as drugs, bacteria, or viruses stimulate an immunologic reaction that results in tissue damage.
Autoimmune skin disease occurs when an animal's body recognizes its own skin as foreign. As a result of this abnormal immune response the skin is damaged. In a sense, the animal is trying to reject its own skin.
A correct definitive diagnosis should always be made prior to treatment as numerous diseases have a similar appearance. In order to accurately diagnose and treat immune-mediated and autoimmune skin diseases, biopsies of affected skin are obtained surgically and analyzed by a dermatopathologist at a laboratory. Positive identification of the type of disease allows us to direct more specific and effective therapies.
Dr. Nichols' advanced education in this field allows you the peace of mind that your pet is being expertly diagnosed and treated for these life-altering and potentially life-threatening diseases.