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Pemphigus Foliaceus

Pemphigus foliaceus is a rare autoimmune disease of the skin that can affect humans, goats, horses, cats and dogs. It affects all ages of goats, ranging from 1 month to seven years of age.


Skin lesions and hair loss on lips, face and neck, ears, and/or feet
Generalized, non-pruritic exfoliative dermatitis
Abundant scale-crust
Pustules affecting haired skin
Randomly scattered coalescing, circular patches of hair loss


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Skin biopsy of lesions
  • Histology
  • Direct immunofluorescence testing

Treatment Options

Treatment TypeDetails
Systemic glucocorticoidsPrednisone 1 mg/kg IM twice daily for 7-10 days, then alternate morning therapy at a reduced dosage
Corticosteroid injectionAdministered IM once every 2 months


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