Dermatology Details

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Dermatology Diagnostics: Skin Scrapes, Hair Plucks, and More

Chris Reeder, DVM, DACVD Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Franklin, Tennessee Parasites, such as chiggers and scabies-causing mites, can cause tremendous itching. Fungal organisms, such as dermatophytes, can affect the hair, resulting in fracturing and large areas of crusting, nodules, or excoriations. Not all dermal problems come from external threats; various breed-related issues, such as color-dilution …

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Deep Ear Flush: Step by Step

Sandra Koch, DVM, MS, DACVD College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota For more information on diagnosis and treatment of chronic otitis, see the May/June 2017 article “The Challenge of Chronic Otitis in Dogs—From Diagnosis to Treatment.” Deep ear flushing is very helpful not only as a diagnostic tool in assessing chronic otitis but also …

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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.

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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. …

Dermatology Details | Treating Resistant Skin Infections in Dogs

Valerie A. Fadok, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVD, North Houston Veterinary Specialists, Spring, Texas The increasing prevalence of methicillin resistance has made treating pyoderma challenging. Dr. Fadok presents the clinical manifestations, methods for diagnosis, and treatments for drug-resistant canine pyoderma infections. Pyoderma is a common skin disorder in small animal practice. Now that the major canine …

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