Generalized Alopecia with Vasculitis-Like Changes in a Dog with Babesiosis
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A locally bred, 12-year-old, intact female Satsuma dog presented with generalized alopecia. Erythema, crusts and desquamation were observed primarily on the truck. Papules and erosions were present in the pinnae, and there were multiple areas of skin necrosis on the right forelimb. The cutaneous lesions had not responded to treatment with systemic antibiotics and prednisolone. The dog also had progressive anemia. <i>Babesia gibsoni</i> was detected in the blood, and the dog was treated with antiprotozoal agents. The skin lesions and anemia improved, but relapsed after the treatment was discontinued. Histopathological examination of skin biopsies revealed findings suggestive of early leukocytoclastic vasculitis or ischemic vasculopathy.
- Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Journal of Veterinary Medical Science 75(10), 1367-1369, 2013
JAPANESE SOCIETY OF VETERINARY SCIENCE