Dermatology: Skin

Itchy Dogs Diagnosed

It was a good working theory, even if it didn’t work out. On June 18, 2010, we ran a story about Annie and two other pets in her household who were itchy. That day we could find nothing on Annie’s physical examination to indicate a cause for her itchiness. She exhibited no hair loss or […]

  Continue Reading

Ringworm/Dermatophytosis In Dogs And Cats

Dermatophytosis is a condition of dogs and cats (or people, or other animals) having skin, nails or hair infected by certain fungi. The condition is commonly called by the ancient term “ringworm,” because, centuries ago, people thought there was a worm living in the circular lesions the fungus sometimes produces. There is no worm associated […]

  Continue Reading

Pets With Acutely Swollen, Painful Feet

Pets’ acutely-swollen feet can be a diagnostic dilemma. Little Petey Boy, shown below, was the subject of a phone call from his distressed mommy this morning, when she took him outside to use the bathroom and he hollered, then held up his left front foot. Immediately the little dog’s foot began to swell and his […]

  Continue Reading
Atopy Or Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Atopy Or Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Atopy, Atopic Dermatitis, (previously also called Allergic Inhalant Dermatitis) is a condition affecting 10% of dogs. Atopy is very much like hayfever in people. Both species inhale pollen, dust, molds, house dust mites or other allergens, then have an allergic reaction. The difference is what dermatologists call the “shock organ,” or reactive part of the […]

  Continue Reading

Lick Granuloma/Acral Lick Dermatitis In Dogs

When I graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 the syndrome was called Lick Granuloma. At some point veterinary dermatologists decided on a new name, Acral Lick Dermatitis (ALD). Lick Granuloma continues to be the most commonly-used term among general practitioners. In the 80s the leading causation theory was injury. The pathogenesis […]

  Continue Reading

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Affecting Pets?

The mainland Gulf Coast of Mississippi is almost completely free of Gulf of Mexico oil spill material, tarballs and all the rest. While there has been some minimal contamination on Mississippi’s barrier islands (Horn, Petit Bois, Cat, Deer and Ship Islands, only Petit Bois and Horn have seen oil), only tiny amounts of oil have hit […]

  Continue Reading

Juvenile Pyoderma In Puppies

Juvenile pyoderma, known colloquially as puppy pyoderma, is a condition of young dogs characterized by pustules of infection, most notably on the hairless surface of the lower abdomen. Cousin Ian helps out on Remington’s visit. Pyoderma: the Latin prefix “pyo” means “pus,” and “derma” refers to the skin. Cute little Remington, who goes by “Remi” […]

  Continue Reading

Treatment Of Cuterebra Larva Infestation In Cats And Dogs

 Cuterebra.  Pronounce it CUTE-uh-REE-bruh. They are anything but cute. Cuterebra is a bee-like fly which lays her eggs in places where target mammals will come in contact with them. Such locations as the orifices of bird and squirrel nests, burrows and animal paths are favorites. Eggs may be laid on stones or vegetation. The fly’s […]

  Continue Reading

Flea Bite Allergy

Flea Bite Allergy is also called Flea Allergy Dermatitis. While the latter name sounds like a patient is allergic to the very presence of fleas, that’s not actually the case. Flea Bite Allergy (FBA) is actually an allergy to the saliva of the flea. No, fleas are not expectorating on your pet, making him itchy. […]

  Continue Reading