Molly is a 3-year-old Bull Terrier living with Lethal Acrodermatitis. She was 12 weeks old when we bought her and soon after we collected her, it became clear that something wasn’t quite right. We took her to our Vets who treated her for skin conditions. After posting a pic of her on Social Media a Bull Terrier Rescue contacted us as they suspected her to have Lethal Acrodermatitis, otherwise known as Zincer. They sent us some information on the fatal condition that listed all the symptoms. Molly ticked all of them. She was wasting away, had skin lesions, learning difficulties, was unable to eat properly due to high palate, her legs were disfigured and she had thick crusty paw pads. We took another trip to the Vets to discuss these issues but they had not heard of the rare condition. As the condition is fatal and painful, pups do not usually live past 7 months, we were asked to think about having her put to sleep. This was devastating for us but we knew we had to make the decision based on what was best for her. As fate would have it, just after leaving the Vets practice, we received a message from the Rescue. They told us about a Vet they work with who has found a treatment plan that can help. There was no cure, but with life-long antibiotics and low doses of steroids, Molly could live a quality life.
As you can see in the photos, Molly’s skin colour, frame and general condition have vastly improved. She is happy, and although she will always live with some discomfort, with treatment it is manageable. We give her daily paw care, (soaks and balm) to help with the Hyperkeratosis and we are able to meet the cost of her daily medication. It’s a small price to pay for the love and devotion she gives us.
Molly has exceeded all expectations and she is a joy to be around. She has the comical traits of a Bull Terrier and loves all people and other dogs. She has re-written the rules for a sufferer of Lethal Acrodermatitis and will happily go out for a walk, saying hello to everyone she sees by being her sassy self. She does tire quickly and needs rest but she will keep going regardless so it’s up to us recognise when she is tiring.
We are continually raising awareness of the condition that can easily be eradicated through testing as both parents have to be carriers of a mutated gene to pass on to the pups.
Molly’s spirit is an inspiration and her will to lead a quality of life is second to none. WE are so lucky to have her.