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Companion Animal Practice
Diagnosis and management of pyoderma in the dog
  1. Mark Craig

    Mark Craig qualified from Liverpool in 1 98 5. After f ive years in general practice, he undertook a three-year residency in dermatology at the Royal Veterinary College, during which time he gained the RCVS certificate in small animal dermatology. He currently runs Re-Fur-All Referrals, a veterinary dermatology service in the south of England and the Midlands.


PYODERMA - bacterial skin infection - is one of the most frequently seen conditions in small animal practice and yet also one of the most frustrating to treat. Around 90 per cent of pyoderma cases in dogs are associated with Staphylococcus species. These bacteria are not especially virulent and infection tends to develop secondarily to an underlying cutaneous, metabolic or immunological abnormality. Allergic, keratinisation and follicular disorders are the most common skin diseases to trigger infection. The principal metabolic causes are hypothyroidism and hyperadrenocorticism. This article focuses on the diagnosis and management of superficial pyodermas, namely impetigo and superficial bacterial folliculitis.

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