ommonly known as “collie nose”, discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is an inflammatory skin disease seen in dogs. Canine Discoid Lupus is an auto-immune disease primarily involving the face and nose. DLE can be as simple as some discoloration and as serious as ulcerations. The condition has no cure but symptoms can be managed. The first sign of DLE is usually a loss of pigmentation around the dog’s nose. In some cases, the bridge of the nose, lips, skin around the eyes, ears and genitals may also be affected.

Breeds most affected

DLE is most often seen in Brittanys (that’s me), Collies, Shetland sheepdogs, German shepherds, German shorthaired pointers, and Siberian huskies. Females are at slightly more risk than are males. Although, DLE can be found in any breed. Dogs with DLE are often predisposed to squamous cell carcinoma.

Traditional Treatments

Exposure to direct sunlight exacerbates DLE. In some less severe cases, the only treatment needed is to keep the dog out of direct sunlight. Sunscreens without zinc oxide can help if the dog is going to be exposed to sunlight. Of course, we dogs can’t help but to lick the sunscreen off ourselves. Our brothers and sisters will help lick it off as well.

Please, only use sunscreen made for dogs, because the sunscreens made for people can contain ingredients (such as zinc oxide) that are poisonous to us if ingested. I use Hot Spot, which has an SPF between 4-8, depending on the product.

Topical corticosteroids are frequently used on the affected site. Severe cases of  canine discoid lupus may require the use of oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, or immunosuppressive medications such as azathioprine. Oral vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can help, but several months of treatment are needed with those supplements before any effect can be seen.

Natural Treatment for Canine Discoid Lupus / Collie Nose

My human mom developed a treatment for me which has been a great success. The treatment is a topical application using Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Freckled Paws Hot Spot is not toxic if ingested and cleared up my lupus symptoms in a couple of days, unlike the months it can take to see results from vitamin E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other treatments. The only problem is my little sister, Star, keeps licking my face when my mom applies Hot Spot. Fortunately, Hot Spot only needs about 30 seconds to achieve full effectiveness. Simply keep it from being licked off for 30 seconds after application.

Hi Jennifer,
I am seeing positive results! Most of the scabbing is gone, and the raw exposed area on his nose is shrinking more and more every day and healing nicely. I am very impressed with the effect Freckled Paws Hot Spot products have had on his symptoms. I am so pleased that it’s helping him. He has had this condition off and on for years, and it had just been getting worse and worse and worse, so I can’t thank you enough. I used the Hot Spot for a week or two, and now the Hot Spot Stick seems to be maintaining his healing process. He is getting better all the time. I think in a couple more weeks it will be completely healed up! I’m so glad to have found something that really works!

Thanks again,
Lindsay, Rufus, and the rest!

My mom used coconut oil with some success, prior to developing the more effective Hot Spot. Consequently, Hot Spot contains coconut oil. I used only non-hydrogenated, organic, expeller pressed coconut oil (this is an ingredient in Hot Spot). As with Hot Spot, coconut oil is safe to ingest, so I can’t get rid of my annoying little sister that way. There is evidence coconut oil is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.

So, if you have canine discoid lupus, tell your human parents to try treating the condition with Freckled Paws Hot Spot. Hot Spot is all natural, safe and highly effective. Also, tell them to feed you a high quality food. We all eat Infinia, which is all natural and contains no by products and zero corn (I’m allergic, like most dogs, to corn). My mom bakes all our treats which you can purchase under our products tab. She also bakes us meatloafs made from wild game meat. Boy they are tasty!!! If you would like the meatloaf recipe, contact us, my mom will give it to you. Nothing beats disease conditions like a healthy diet.