ISSN 2398-2969      

Dermatology: practical guide to tests

Clapis

Introduction

  • Skin disease is probably the single most common reason for presentation of small animals in general practice.
  • Skin disease formerly was noted to be more common in warm weather, but is increasingly seen all year round. 
  • The skin is an unusual organ in that it can be directly examined.
  • Unfortunately the skin is able to mount a limited response to any disease and when this is combined with self-trauma the appearance of many problems is similar. 
  • For this reason accurate diagnostic tests are invaluable in confirming a clinical diagnosis.

Skin scrape for parasites

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Examination of acetate strip samples

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Examination of ear smears

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Trichogram (examination of hair plucking)

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Woods Lamp examination for dermatophytosis (ringworm)

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