CAP for dogs??

I wasn't sure where this belonged, but I was wondering if anyone has heard of CAP for dogs.

About a fortnight ago my dog developed a sore on the bridge of his nose, it has since spread to cover most of his muzzle and ears in blisters and sores. He's lost most of the fur in these area and it's driving him crazy with itching. It really upsets me to see him like this.

The vet did a biopsy and says he thinks it's auto-immune, a form of Lupus in dogs that is similar to psoiasis. There's apparently no cure and the only route left for the vet is to knock out the dog's immune system for the rest of his life, he's only 6 and super fit.

Can't believe this is all coincidental. My mother was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago; I got Fibromialgia and arthritis 3 years ago; my wife is now showing signs of arthritis and Lupus (she's only 25 and was always healthy); and now even my dog has Lupus.

Our dog is our baby; begining to feel like the universe has something against me :(

Any advice? Has anyone tried a combined antibiotic protocol on an animal or know someone that has? On the plus side, my own condition has improved slightly, so I do think the protocol works.

Write a private message to RAVEN, asap.  I think, but I'm not certain, she did something similar for her cat.

I don't think it's coincidental, either.  I remember when I first heard of cpn, it was referred to as a 'farm disease'.  I think it might have been in reference to sheep having it?  Maybe someone else who's been here forever can help me out with that? 

If nothing else, ask your vet how he would modify our protocol dosages to fit your dog's size and go from there. 

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

Thanks for another very informative reply. Smile

I was thinking for dosage I would try just giving him a quarter of my dose; he weighs about a third of my weight (21kgs vs 75kgs) so that would be on the safe side, but obviously I would prefer to get a proper opinion on the matter.

My vet showed about as much interest as my doctor in treating the dog's condition as a bacterial infection, but interestingly enough, the standard protocol for a dog his weight with a sever autoimmune condition is about 100mgs of Doxy a day for life.

It apparently prevents the spread of the condition to other parts of the body, but why would an antibiotic prevent an autoimmune reaction? The vet couldn't answer that question other than to say that maybe the antibiotics have, as yet, undiagnosed medicinal benefits, but to me it suggests a possible bacterial cause...

I'll send Raven a message, I hope she doesn't mind.

Several years ago, I found a discussion board for scientists that talked about how veterinarians were noticing this disease and were treating dogs for it.  Now I can't recall the name of the board, though I get a yearly reminder I'm a member of it.  Sorry.  If I can locate the info, I'll send it on.  Since that board covers a huge variety of topics, a simple google search won't locate it.  (Meanwhile, maybe a google search for an open-minded vet close to you will be more helpful in the short term.)

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi