pemphigus … something. Ah,
pemphigus foliaceus, a disease in
which the immune system created
antibodies against its own skin,
destroying the bonds that hold the
skin cells together.
I’d never seen a case in a horse
before, only in a dog. But in my
mind’s eye, I could almost see the
paragraph from my dermatology
textbook, and this horse had all
of the symptoms. I just needed a
biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
The owner gave permission
for the biopsy, much to the
dismay of the barn manager.
The pathologists confirmed the
disease, and I put Baldor on oral
steroids, vitamin E, and a good
fatty acid source.
Help is a Click Away
When I arrived several days
later to recheck him, the barn
manager was waving some sort
of clicking wand at the horse
and scowled at me as I took the
horse’s vitals. It was too soon to
tell if the treatment was helping,
but I wanted to make sure that he
wasn’t having a negative reaction
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“The barn manager
was waving some
sort of clicking wand
at the horse and
scowled at me as I
took his vitals.”