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Why is my pet so itchy?
How are skin problems diagnosed?
Skin problems can be caused by a variety of things in dogs and cats. In many cases more than one problem may be occuring at the same time. First the doctor will ask for a detailed history including when the skin problem began, how long it has lasted, if the problem has occurred before, what food(s) your pet eats and much more. In order for the doctor to determine what is causing your pet's condition and how best to treat it, some routine tests may be recommended.
Ear Swab Cytology:
If your pet is experiencing itchy ears, an ear infection may be to blame. In order for the doctor to determine which medication is best suited to treat your pet's infection, and how long treatment will be required, a sample will be obtained from the ear and examined under a microscope. Common pathogens causing ear infections include:
1. Malasezzia (yeast): pictured below as purple staining, snowshoe or peanut shaped organisms
2. Cocci (bacteria): pictured below as small pinkish purple round organisms
3. Rods (bacteria): pictured below as pink staining long, straight organisms
4. Ear mites (parasite): pictured below
If your pet is experiencing itchy skin or hairloss, the doctor may suspect demodectic or sarcoptic mange as the primary problem. A simple skin scraping evaluated under the microscope will help to diagnose both of these diseases.
Sarcoptic Mange Mite
Demodectic Mange Mite
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