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Companion Animal Practice
Common cutaneous diseases of the canine foot
  1. Hilary Jackson

    Hilary Jackson graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 1985. After spending seven years in general practice, she returned to the University of Edinburgh to complete a residency in dermatology. She was awarded the RCVS diploma in veterinary dermatology in 1996 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She is currently assistant professor of dermatology at North Carolina State University.


SKIN diseases of the canine foot are often a component of a more generalised skin disease or a concurrent systemic condition. A thorough history and physical examination is therefore mandatory in every case. The feet should be examined very carefully and specific note should be made of which areas are involved. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of some of the more common cutaneous diseases of the canine foot, as well as briefly reviewing those cases likely to require further investigation.

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