Category Archives: Case Studies

Pet Case Study: Rossco

Post Image

Rossco McElhaney, a 7-year-old MN Miniature Pincher was found in a culvert at a DFW water treatment plant. It is unknown for how long Rossco was trapped in the culvert. Mrs. McElhaney kindly rescued Rossco from the culvert, and presented him to her rDVM with a body condition score of 1/9 (emaciated with obvious loss […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Othello J.

Post Image

History of recurrent dermatophytosis (ringworm) that was considered resolved over several months’ time. Three weeks before presenting to ADRC, Othello developed a single subcutaneous nodule on the right side of the haired nasal bridge near the nasal planum (non-haired portion of the nose). The affected area was not pruritic (itchy) and did not seem to […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Socks B.

Post Image

Socks B. is now an 11 month old, male, neutered, domestic shorthair. At the time of his first visit to ADRC he was a mere five months old. At that time he had been fighting severe bacterial infections in his ears for approximately 6 weeks which were not responding to oral antibiotic therapy. The infections […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Moki

Post Image

Moki is a beautiful Pekinese (2½ years, female intact) who was diagnosed with cell poor vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels). A cell poor vasculitits essentially means the skin is not receiving the blood flow and nutrition that it needs to remain healthy. Moki had two lesions of complete alopecia (hair loss) on her back […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Environmental Allergens

Post Image

Cody N. was showing tendencies towards being allergic to environmental allergens and was receiving an allergy blocking medication called Atopica®. At his first visit to ADRC in January 2014 he was diagnosed with an overgrowth of mites (Demodex canis) in his skin. These are mites that normally live in the skin in very low numbers. […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Vitiligo

Max F. is a shepherd mix who will soon be 3 years old. He has vitiligo, a disease characterized by loss of pigment from the selective destruction of cells that produce the pigment melanin. The cause of vitiligo is still a matter of debate, though the autoimmune hypothesis prevails. Some breeds are predisposed (Belgian shepherd, […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Canine Flank Alopecia (CFA)

Previously called seasonal or cyclic or recurrent flank alopecia. Seen primarily in Boxers & Bulldogs, but other breeds can be affected. This is one skin condition that is completely non-itchy and considered cosmetic. Hair loss (alopecia) can involve both sides or just one side of the body. The cause of this condition is unknown. Affected […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Dog Food Allergy

Percy M. is a 13.5-year-old female, spayed Shih Tzu. Percy had no history of skin disease but at the age of 13 she developed severe sores on her skin. She was receiving appropriate antibiotic and steroid therapy to help manage the sores; however, she was not improving. On her first visit, we identified a staph […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Allergies Complicated by Bacterial Infection

Nugget H., a 3-year-old male, neutered, Shepherd mix who has environmental allergies complicated by bacterial infection with resistant strains of bacteria: In the nearly 8 years since Dr. Liska has practiced at ADRC, Nugget is by far the most severe, complicated, and heartbreaking patient she has treated. Nugget was originally allergy tested for environmental triggers in […]

Read More

Pet Case Study: Feline Inflammatory Polyp

More common in young cats Believed to arise from the mucosa of the middle ear or auditory tube. Typically start as a small pedicle but then enlarge and extend in the external ear canal. Often lead to secondary infections of the canal. Therapy options: This polyp was removed by traction avulsion. Surgery is sometimes necessary […]

Read More