Dermatology

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Alopecia, Easily Epilated Hair, & Inappetence In A Cat

Jennifer C. Olson, DVM; Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline); & J. Scot Estep, DVM, Diplomate ACVP This article describes clinical signs, laboratory diagnostics, imaging, and cytologic analysis for a cat with progressive nonpruritic dermatologic changes, inappetence, decreased water consumption, and recent anorexia. Can you determine the diagnosis? A 14-year-old spayed female domestic medium-hair …

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Feline Dermatology: Cats Are Not Small Dogs

Lori A. Thompson, DVM, Diplomate ACVD Dr. Thompson brings you practical tools to use in everyday practice when it comes to feline dermatology, including tips for identifying the right diagnosis and specific disease components. A cat’s job in life is to question all the rules and make us—veterinarians and pet owners—scratch our heads and puzzle …

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Dermatologic Markers of Internal Disease in Dogs & Cats

Chris Reeder, DVM, Diplomate ACVD Dermatologic diseases comprise about 20% of a practitioner’s caseload. While many skin diseases are allergic or infectious, skin lesions can also be manifestations of internal disease. Dermatologic diseases in small animal veterinary medicine comprise roughly 20% of a general practitioner’s caseload.1 The skin has many functions, including thermoregulation, camouflage, and …

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My 6-Step Plan for Diagnosing & Managing the Pruritic Dog

Paul Bloom, DVM, Diplomate ACVD & ABVP (Canine & Feline Practice) Read Dr. Paul Bloom’s 6-step plan for tackling pruritus in your canine patients. This article includes a list of questions to ask the owner during the history and physical examination; tips on how the answers, as well as clinical signs and diagnostic results, help …

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How to Avoid the Five Most Common Mistakes in Veterinary Dermatology

Lori A. Thompson, DVM, Diplomate ACVD Discover the five pitfalls most commonly encountered by practitioners when diagnosing and treating dermatologic conditions in dogs and cats, while learning how to fine tune your approach to history taking, biopsies, skin scrapings, and antibiotic selection. Practicing medicine is called “practicing” for a reason. Typically, there is no ONE …

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Focus on Otitis

Over the past year, more than 20 journal articles addressing otitis in dogs and cats have been published worldwide. The following four abstracted articles provide useful preliminary data for practitioners on treatment of ear disease. Multidrug resistance can present a challenge when treating otic infections, particularly those caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococci and Pseudomonas species. There …

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Use of Random Subdermal Flaps to Repair Extensive Skin Defects

Dena L. Lodato, DVM, and Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS In veterinary medicine, many surgical problems, including tumor resection and trauma, can result in skin defects that can be extensive and require additional repair techniques beyond undermining (separating the skin from the underlying tissue) and simple suture closure. When wide surgical margins are …

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Challenges & New Developments in Canine Pyoderma: Disease Overview & Diagnosis

  Kimberly S. Coyner, DVM, Diplomate ACVD This overview of canine pyoderma discusses disease transmission, underlying conditions, clinical signs, differentials, and diagnostics. Future articles in this series will address treatment and methicillin resistance. This is the first article in a 3-part series discussing the latest information available regarding canine pyoderma. Future articles will discuss treatment …

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