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Integument

This is a skin & connective tissue condition.

Lethal Acrodermatitis, LAD

What is Lethal Acrodermatitis, LAD?

Lethal Acrodermatitis is a severe condition characterized by ulcerated skin lesions on the paws and head and a coat color dilution. The immunodeficiency common with this condition also causes intestinal upset, bronchopneumonia, and a general failure to thrive.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Signs include red and ulcerated patches on the head and paws and coat color dilution. The skin lesions progress to the legs and muzzle. Respiratory signs, diarrhea, and poor growth are also common.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs are often first recognized in puppies as young as 3-4 weeks of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing and clinical signs can be used to diagnose this condition.

How is this condition treated?

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for this condition. Certain medications can help control the infections for a period of time, but most puppies are euthanized early in life.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Follow your veterinarian's recommendations and give any medications as prescribed.