I just can't believe that my beautiful, sweet, dog has some kind of skin-related autoimmune disease (her nose is raw and has been for months) treated with the same drugs that I used to take for CREST symptoms. For her, it will cost over $100 a month to treat. They "know" that she either has Lupus or Pemphigus just by looking, right? Ugh...I am so irritated. They have yet to do blood work or a biopsy. I am like...do it already so we know what we are dealing with. They are thinking it doesn't make a difference and they want us to keep giving her Prednisone, but it is making her a ravenous dog, and miserable. She was on it for 2.5 weeks before I stopped giving it to her. It wasn't making a difference only making her worse.
I am taking this very personal as I remember very well what it is like to feel sick and not know why...With people, they've come a long way in diagnosing and treating autoimmune illness in the past 15 years, but they have not done so with our canine friends.
Sorry, I know this is not a veterinary board. I am the one who has the CREST symptoms. I just thought you might find it ironic that my dog has something similar (unfortunately).