Otitis Externa: Inflammation of the Ear Canal
Otitis externa is a common condition that is frequently seen in specialty dermatology clinics and small animal general practices.1,2 It is defined as inflammation of the ear canal with or without involvement of the pinna.1–3 Otitis is often considered a final diagnosis, but it is merely a clinical sign. The many factors that can contribute …
A Technician’s Role in the Treatment of Demodex Patients
Diagnosis of demodicosis depends on identifying Demodex mites in dermal samples. Read this article for tips on how to obtain and analyze diagnostic samples.
How to Recognize Autoimmune Skin Disease: Tips for Spotting Pemphigus Foliaceus
Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common autoimmune skin condition in dogs and cats. Timely diagnosis is essential. This article is intended to help the healthcare team narrow in on a diagnosis of PF at a patient’s initial presentation.
Taking the Bite out of Feline Mites
Besides fleas, lice, and ticks, a number of ectoparasites can affect cats. Veterinary technicians should be aware of the many ectoparasites that can cause skin disease in cats, be proficient in performing the necessary diagnostic tests, and understand the various available treatment options in order to educate cat owners.
Scratching the Surface of Allergies in Dogs
Pruritus—a classic sign of allergic disease—is a common complaint described by dog owners.