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Thank you for visiting our website.  Below you will find disease information on common  (and some not so common) seen dermatological diseases.  If you don't see something you are looking for feel free to contact us or check back.  We do add more info. sheets from time to time. 

Acral Lick Granuloma, Acral lick dermatitis, acral lick furunculosis, lick granuloma

Acral lick granuloma

The causes of acral lick granulomas include infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or mites; ...

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Allergy Discharge Injectable, allergy shot, dog allergies, allergen injections, allergen instructions, how to give allergy shots

Allergy Discharge Injectible

Injectable Allergen Instructions, Keep the allergen vial refrigerated. Do not freeze...

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Allergy Discharge Sublingual, how to give allergen drops by mouth, SLIT, sublingual immunothearpy

Allergy Discharge Sublingual

If you notice increased itching consistently after the allergen is administered, please...

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Allergy treatment options (Treatment options for Allergies in Pets)

Pets with allergies to pollen, grass, or dust are affected with atopic dermatitis...

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Alopecia X, Adrenal sex hormone imbalance, growth hormone responsive dermatosis, coat funk, black skin disease

Alopecia X

An incompletely understood disorder often associated with abnormal levels of...

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Anal Sac Infections, Anal sac impaction, anal sacculitis, anal sac abscess

Anal sac infections

The cause of anal sac infections is unknown.  Excessive anal gland fluid production...

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Atopy, Allergic inhalant dermatitis, atopic dermatitis

Atopy

The most common allergens include airborne pollens such as grasses, trees, weeds...

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Blastomycosis, Blastomyces dermatitis infection, Blasto

Blastomycosis

 The causative agent of the disease is Blastomyces dermatidis,a fungus. Most cases...

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Canine flank alopecia, canine recurrent flank alopecia,  Seasonal Flank Alopecia

Canine flank alopecia

An incompletely understood disorder which causes seasonally recurrent hair loss...

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Canine flank alopecia, canine recurrent flank alopecia,  Seasonal Flank Alopecia

Canine eosinophilic furunculosis

The exact etiology and pathogenesis of this disease is not known but it is...

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Cheyletiella, walking dandruff, Cheyletiellosis

Cheyletiella

 Cheyletiellosis is caused by infestation of large mites who live on the surface of the skin...

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Color dilution alopecia, Color Mutant Alopecia

Color dilution alopecia

This is a genetic defect affecting the way pigment is distributed in the hairs of affected dogs...

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culture and sensitivity, what is a culture and sensitivity?

Culture and Sensitivity

This is a genetic defect affecting the way pigment is distributed in the hairs of affected dogs...

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Cushings Disease, Hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing’s syndrome, PDH (pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism)

Cushings disease

The exact events that lead to the development of Cushing’s disease are not known at this...

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Dermatomyositis, form of ischemic dermatopathy

Dermatomyositis

Hereditary, immune-mediated condition of the skin and muscles in dogs and...

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s, demodex mites dog, demodex mites cat, can i get demodex from my dog, is demodex contagious

Demodicosis (demodex mite, demodectic mange)

Localized demodicosis usually is passed from the mother to her nursing puppies after...

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Discoid lupis, DLE, Cutaneous lupus erythematosus, Discoid lupus erythematosus

Discoid lupus

Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is an autoimmune disease in which the animal’s own ...

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Dust mite allergy, house dust mites, dust mites

Dust mite allergy

Dust mites (also known as house dust mites) are very small animals that are not visible...

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Ear hematoma, aural hematoma, swollen ear flap, swollen ear

Ear (aural) hematoma

The cause is due most commonly to self-inflicted trauma such as scratching and shaking...

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Ear infections, Otitis externa, otitis media, and otitis interna, inflammation of the external ear canal, middle ear infection, inner ear infection, dog ear infections, cat ear infections, pet ear infections

Ear infections

Possible causes of otitis externa, which may lead to infections of the middle and inner ear...

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Ear Mites, dog ear mites, cat ear mites, animal ear mites, Otodectes cynotis

Ear mites

Ear mites are passed from one animal to another through close contact...

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Environmental Cleaning for cats with Ringworm, how to clean when cat has ringworm

Environmental cleaning for cats with ringworm

Dermatophytosis, commonly called ringworm, is a fungal infection of the fur and skin of ...

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Feline eosinophilic granuloma complex, feline indolent ulcer, eosinophilic ulcer or rodent ulcer. The second is feline eosinophilic plaque and the third is feline eosinophilic granuloma, linear granuloma

Eosinophilic granuloma complex in cats

Feline eosinophilic granuloma complex is made up of three different disease presentations...

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Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs,

Eosinophilic granuloma complex in dogs

The cause is unknown however there is some evidence that the lesions could be due to an...

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Epitheliotropic lymphoma

Epitheliotropic lymphoma is a malignant cancer arising from T lymphocytes. There is some... 

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Erythema multiforme

The cause of this condition is unknown. Precipitating factors include medications...

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Feline herpesvirus dermatitis

Feline herpesvirus-1 causes an upper respiratory disease and skin/oral ulceration...

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Flea allergy dermatitis

When a flea sucks blood from a pet, it passes its saliva into the animal’s skin. Animals...

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Flea control

 The goals of treatment are to alleviate the animal’s allergic reaction to fleas...

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Food allergy

Dogs and cats, like humans, can develop hypersensitivities to specific food ingredients...

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Hepatocutaneous syndrome

 Hepatocutaneous syndrome is a disease characterized by degeneration of the skin cells...

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Histiocytoma

A benign, usually self-limiting tumor of mononuclear white blood cells in the skin...

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Histiocytosis

Reactive histiocytosis is due to an immune-mediated proliferation of a type of white blood...

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Hot spots

 Potential underlying causes for hot spots include parasites (especially fleas or scabies mites)...

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Hypothyroidism

This condition is a result of a decrease in production and release of the T4 and/ or T3...

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Idiopathic sterile granuloma & pyogranuloma

 This disease is uncommon in dogs and very rare in cats. Any dog, of any sex or breed can...

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Infundibular keratinizing acanthoma

This type of skin tumor is an uncommon, benign neoplasm which are believed to arise from...

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Initial visit allergy packet

Informational handouts presented at first appointment...

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Juvenile cellulitis

The cause is unknown although there seems to be a problem in the immune system of...

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Mast cell tumor

Mast cell tumors are neoplasms (cancer) that arise from mast cells in the connective tissue...

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Mosquito bite hypersensitivity

Mosquito bite hypersensitivity is a clinical entity in cats living in or near mosquito...

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MRSA

Staphylococcal bacteria (Staph) are normal inhabitants of the skin of people and animals... 

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MRSP

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius is a species of Staph...

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Opportunistic mycobacterosis

This is an uncommon disease in cats and rare in dogs. Animals with areas of trauma...

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Pattern baldness

A breed-associated genetic disorder of hair follicle miniaturization...

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Panniculitis

Panniculitis is inflammation of the subcutaneous, or fatty layer, of the skin...

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Pemphigus foliaceus

Pemphigus foliaceus is an autoimmune disease whereby antibodies produced by...

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Perianal fistulas

Perianal fistulas are caused by inflammation of the tissues around the anus causing extensive...

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Pododermatitis

The most common cause of pododermatitis is allergy, especially atopy (environmental allergy)...

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Primary secretory otitis media

An association exists between PSOM, which is the formation of a sterile mucus...

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Dermatology for Animals Pyoderma, Pyoderma, skin infection, veterinary dermatology

Pyoderma

Common underlying causes for bacterial skin infections include trauma, allergies...

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Ringworm

Ringworm is transmitted from the environment to the animal. The fungus can infect the hair... 

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Sarcoptic (scabies) mange

Canine scabies is highly contagious. Transmission occurs through direct contact with a ...

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Sebaceous adenitis

The cause of sebaceous adenitis is unknown but the end result is inflammation of the ...

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Sebaceous adenoma

A benign tumor of the oil gland (sebaceous) cells of the skin. Although these...

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Schnauzer comedo syndrome

A breed-related acne-like keratinization disorder causing dilation of hair follicles on the back...

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Skinny on skin testing

Skin testing, or intradermal allergy testing (IDAT), is a diagnostic procedure that...

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Solar dermatitis

Canine solar dermatitis or chronic sun damage to the skin is a common dermatologic disorder...

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Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinomas are common malignant neoplasms of the dog and cat, arising...

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Sublingual vs. Injectible

After intradermal allergy testing, you will choose between injectable immunotherapy and...

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Symmetric lupoid onychodystrophy

SLO has been described in dogs. German Shepherds appear predisposed. The highest...

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Valley fever

The causative organism is Coccidioides immitis, a fungus which lives in the soil of the desert...

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Vasculitis

Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels resulting in compromise of blood supply to...

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Video otoscopy

Video otoscopy of the ears is a specialized procedure performed under general anesthesia...

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Viral papillomas

Papillomas are common in the dog with several different syndromes that are recognized...

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Vitamin A responsive dermatosis

Vitamin A-responsive dermatosis is an incompletely understood disorder of skin...

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Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a hereditary disorder of skin and/or hair pigment loss, and is caused by... 

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What is a DTM?

A dermatophyte is a type of fungal infection of the skin, hair, or nails that can affect...

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