A Dog with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

EDS DogThis is an incredible story of a Dog with Ehlers-danlos Syndrome?

The dog was diagnosed with EDS by Dr. Marianne E. Bailey who is a veterinarian at South Arundel Veterinary Hospital in Edgewater, MD.

“My veterinarian says he thinks my dog may have Ehler Danlos Syndrome. She has really stretchy skin and, when she gets a cut, it seems to be a lot bigger and deeper than most dogs. I read online that it is very rare. What should I know about this disease?

Ehler Danlos Syndrome is a very rare, inherited disease. This disease affects people and animals.

In dogs with EDS, there is abnormal production or breakdown of collagen. Collagen helps give strength to skin, tendons and other connective tissues. In these dogs, there is increased activity of collagenase, the enzyme that breaks down collagen.

As a result, the skin is weaker and may tear easily, be very loose and may not seem as attached to structures under the skin. The mildest amount of trauma may cause a large wound. Wounds will heal but are more likely to leave scars.

The skin of dogs with EDS can be stretched to extreme lengths. You may notice that you can stretch the skin on the back high in the air or the skin around the neck may seem to hang low. Some dogs will develop instability in the joints, bleeding under the skin or fluid accumulation around the elbows.

To diagnose EDS, your veterinarian will need to biopsy your dog’s skin. Another diagnostic tool is a skin extensibility index, comparing the length of your dog’s back to how high the skin can stretch. This index in combination with the other signs described may be enough for your veterinarian to make a diagnosis.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for EDS. Since EDS is inherited, these pets should not be used for breeding. It is very important to be careful when having your pet groomed as the smallest cut from scissors or clippers can cause a gaping wound. You should also let your visitors know of your dog’s skin condition so they are particularly gentle when petting or handling her. All sleeping areas should be well padded.”

This is a unique article that indicates that EDS has a broader exposure than we have ever expected!

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