February 2014 Issue

Lupus: ‘The Great Pretender’

Its wide-ranging signs mimic many other diseases, and left untreated, it can cause serious complications

Imagine this scenario: Unsightly inflamed and crusting skin start to appear on a cat's face, the tips of his ears and pressure points such as toes, elbows and footpads. His fever persists despite antibiotics. His legs are stiff, and urination has increased. What could the diagnosis be?

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