Category Archives: Dermatology

New Class of Flea and Tick Control – Isoxazolines

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The new class of flea and tick control, termed isoxazolines, includes the new products: NexGard, Bravecto, and Simparica. In addition to flea and tick control, it has effective ‘off-label’ use for the treatment of generalized demodicosis (red mange) and Otodectes cynotis (ear mites). We are excited there is another class of medications that show good efficacy […]

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Innovative New Therapy for Atopic Dermatitis

Since September 2015, the doctors at ADRC have been using an innovative new therapy to help reduce clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. The product, named Canine Atopic Dermatitis Immunotherapeutic, is a first-of-its-kind antibody therapy. Some dermatologists call it CADI for short. At ADRC, we also refer to it as anti-IL-31 monoclonal antibody […]

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Disease Spotlight: Actinic (Solar) Dermatosis

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lay term: Pet Sunburn Spring time is here and we are all ready for a little sunshine! Did you know that pets can have skin damage from too much sun? Keep your pets protected from the sun to prevent actinic (solar) dermatosis. Pets at risk are those with white skin, light skin, or damaged skin […]

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Just for Fun: Derm Terms

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“Pruritus” or “Pruritis”? It’s pruritus, defined as severe itching of the skin, as a symptom of various ailments. “…itis” doesn’t always refer to inflammation.   Non-inflammatory “…itis” includes: Wapitis = elk (native American) Mephitis = skunk genus Other “…itis” uses: Tinnitus = ringing in ear Mellitus = honey-sweet

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Disease Spotlight: Interdigital Cysts

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lay term: Interdigital Cysts This is one of the most frustrating conditions seen in the veterinary dermatology practice. What causes it? We see this condition as a structural/functional problem with dogs who have a limb deformity; for example, bulldogs with bow legs. In Texas, we most commonly see these lesions secondary to atopic dermatitis (environmental […]

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Disease Spotlight: Staph Infection

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aka Superficial Pyoderma or Bacterial Skin Infection [i] Just like humans, dogs normally carry bacteria on their skin in balanced numbers. The bacteria that dogs carry is called Staphylococcus pseudintermedius while humans carry Staphylococcus aureus. In healthy dogs the bacteria do not pose a problem. It is common for veterinarians to see dogs with an […]

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New Allergy Blocker, Apoquel

A round table discussion regarding the new allergy blocker Apoquel was held at the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Nashville, TN in April 2015. The round table was not open to all attendees but the results of the discussion were recently published. At ADRC we’ve had concerns about the implications of long term administration […]

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Disease Spotlight: Pemphigus Foliaceus (PF)

Pemphigus foliaceus (PF)[i] is an auto-immune disorder in which the patient’s immune system attacks components of their own skin, specifically the structures that hold the skin cells together. It is a pustular disease but progression from red bumps called a papules to pustules to rupture of the pustules can happen quickly so that the pet […]

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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, […]

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Disease Spotlight: Acral Lick Dermatitis (ALD)

What are acral lick sores? Acral lick dermatitis (ALD), also called acral lick granuloma or acral pruritic nodule is one of the most frustrating diseases that pet parents, family veterinarians and veterinary dermatology specialists encounter. The sores develop from compulsive licking, usually of a lower limb. Small to large, firm, proliferative, and ulcerative plaques develop. […]

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