Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a rare, ulcerative skin disease that appears to be triggered by various drugs, internal cancers, infections, and unknown factors. Blebs, ulcers, and erosions develop suddenly and progress rapidly. The mouth and foot pads are frequently involved.
This is an extremely painful skin disease. The dog is severely depressed and refuses to eat. The death rate approaches 30 percent.
Treatment: Treatment involves stopping all suspect medications and correcting any underlying cause. Corticosteroids, intravenous fluids, and antibiotics are required during the acute phase of illness to support the circulation. Recovery takes two to three weeks.