Autoimmune diseases have to do with an individual's defense mechanisms. In an autoimmune disease the body's immune system attacks its own tissue considering it harmful. These diseases often have a hereditary component and there are several different types of them. The most common autoimmune diseases in dogs include allergies, atopy (atopic syndrome), hypothyroidism, diabetes, Addison's disease, thrombocytopenia, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, rheumatism, autoimmune meningitis and various intestinal disorders.
On these pages you can find information on some of these diseases and their genetic backgrounds.