Otitis Media/Interna: An Interview with Dr. Lori Thompson
In this How I Treat interview, Lori Thompson, DVM, DACVD, answers our questions about key treatment protocols for otitis media/interna. Otitis media—inflammation of the middle ear structures, occurs in dogs and cats of all ages and presents unilaterally or bilaterally.
Updates on the Management of Canine Demodicosis
Canine demodicosis is a common inflammatory parasitic skin disease believed to be associated with a genetic or immunologic disorder. This disease allows mites from the normal cutaneous biota to proliferate in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, leading to alopecia, erythema, scaling, hair casting, pustules, furunculosis, and secondary infections. The face and forelegs to the entire body surface of the dog may be affected. Three morphologically different types of Demodex mites exist in dogs.
Chronic Otitis: A Dermatologist’s Perspective on Surgery
A variety of surgical procedures can be performed for chronic proliferative, obstructive, and neoplastic ear diseases. Dr. Rosenkrantz describes the importance of presurgical diagnostics and client education, the role of medical therapy, and common surgical techniques for treatment of chronic otitis.
Challenges & New Developments in Canine Pyoderma: Topical & Systemic Treatment
Last issue’s canine pyoderma article discussed disease overview and diagnosis; this article provides in-depth information on both topical and systemic therapies for this dermatologic condition. Kimberly S. Coyner, DVM, Diplomate ACVD This is the second article in a 3-part series discussing the latest information available regarding canine pyoderma. The first article, Challenges & New Developments …
Dilemmas in Dermatology: Pearls & Pitfalls
Douglas J. DeBoer, DVM, Diplomate ACVD University of Wisconsin Certain skin diseases universally present diagnostic and/or treatment dilemmas for general practitioners and specialists alike, and opinions abound on the “best” way to handle these conditions. This uncertainty largely reflects our lack of knowledge about these skin diseases and our relative inability to make evidence-based statements. …
Common Neoplastic Skin Lesions in Dogs & Cats: Cytologic Diagnosis & Treatment Options
Laura D. Garrett, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology) University of Illinois Cytology, the microscopic examination of tissue samples spread onto slides, is a powerful tool for evaluation of skin lesions in small animal patients.1 In many cases, cytology can provide a definitive diagnosis for cutaneous masses. In others, sample evaluation can rule out some differential diagnoses …
What is New in the Diagnosis and Management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis
Sandra N. Koch, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD University of Minnesota Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a prevalent, multifaceted, pruritic skin disease with a complex etiopathogenesis (Figure 1). In recent years, remarkable progress in the understanding of CAD has led to new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. UPDATES ON PATHOGENESIS OF CAD Not Always IgE Although …
Focus On Dermatology
Over the past year, the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology has published over 70 articles. The following abstracted articles are particularly applicable to small animal practitioners as these selected articles advance understanding of diagnostic or treatment options for canine allergic dermatitis and provide rational guidelines for diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of canine superficial bacterial folliculitis (SBF). …
Focus on Canine & Feline Otic Diagnoses
Statistics extracted from data collected from the medical records of nearly 2.3 million dogs and 470,000 cats presented to more than 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013. In each issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Pet Health by the Numbers correlates article topics with statistics provided by Banfield Pet Hospital (banfield.com). These statistics are extracted from data collected from …