Otitis Externa Series, Part 2: Topical Therapy for Otitis Externa

Colleen Mendelsohn, DVM, Diplomate ACVD, & Wayne Rosenkrantz, DVM, Diplomate ACVD In Part 1 of this series—Diagnosis of Otitis Externa—the factors and causes of this disease, diagnostic testing and imaging, and ear cleaning and flushing were discussed. Visit to read this article, which was published in the September/October 2014 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice.  Ear disease accounts …

Otitis Externa Series Part 1: Diagnosis of Otitis Externa

Otitis externa is a prevalent complaint in patients presented to small animal practices. This inflammatory disease of the external ear canal and/or pinna can have an acute or chronic presentation. Management of otitis externa depends on identifying and treating predisposing and perpetuating factors, as well as primary and secondary causes.

Treating Resistant Skin Infections in Dogs

The increasing prevalence of methicillin resistance has made treating pyoderma challenging. This article 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 pathogen, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, has acquired methicillin resistance, treatment has become more challenging and more expensive. Keys to success in treatment and prevention require: Prompt identification and treatment of the underlying cause Use of culture and sensitivity to guide antibiotic use …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 … Protection Status