Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs

Common info

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome (VKH) is a disease that shows symptoms from many systems. VKH (Harada) believe to cause by autoimmune diseases or abnormal immunity. The white blood cells will attack Melanocytes, which is the body cells that produce pigment. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs (VKH) causes hair pigment loss or the skin affects the eyes, causing redness eye, swelling eyes, bloodshot eyes, eyes inflammation and partial blindness.


Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome research and discovered by scientists, including Vogt, Koyanagi, and Harada.


The exact cause of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs is still unknown, but it believes that VKH (Harada) is an autoimmune disease or abnormal immunity that destroys their cells, affecting the pigment cells, which inherit. Some researchers believe that viral infection causes Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome.


  • Eyes inflammation
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Redness eye
  • Swelling eyes
  • Partial blindness
  • Black dog slowly turns solid white
  • Bulging eye
  • Cloudy eye
  • Sensitive to light
  • Squinting
  • Hair, skin, nose, lips, paws and scrotum will be lighter

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs will cause eye inflammation, redness eye, squinting, sensitivity to light, hair, skin, nose, lips, paws and scrotum will be lighter, black dogs will turn white, pain eyes, swelling eyes, bulging eyes, cloudy cornea, and partial blindness.

Treatment and Prevention

A veterinarian will press the immunity and give anti-inflammatory drugs. Treatment of Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs depends on the symptoms of each case. Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome in dogs is unpreventable.

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