Category Archives: Case Studies

Pet Spotlight/Case Study: Maxine’s Perianal Fistulas

Maxine was first presented to Dr. Ho as a 5-year-old, female spayed, German Shepherd dog for an evaluation of recurrent anal gland issues. Her owner reported that Maxine had a several month history of licking her rear, straining to defecate, and seemed uncomfortable when touching her tail. Maxine has a history of atopic dermatitis (environmental […]

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Pet Spotlight/Case Study: “McGee the Cat and His Mystery Sores”

“My cat developed open, raw sores on his face, ears, and nose that wouldn’t heal, no matter what ointments I used.” McGee is a five-year-old male, neutered domestic short haired cat with a history of living with other cats, horses and dogs on a 10-acre farm in Collin County Texas. He spent his first year […]

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Pet Spotlight/Case Study: “Chicken Nugget’s Vasculitis”

Chicken Nugget was first presented to Dr. Ho as a 7 year old, female spayed, French bulldog in December of 2019 for an evaluation of non-resolving skin lesions that started several months ago. Her skin lesions improved with corticosteroids. She had a history of allergies, which were managed with Cytopoint. Dr. Ho suspected that Chicken […]

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Pet Spotlight/Case Study: “Blanche” Yeast Allergy

“Blanche,” a female-spayed Maltese-terrier mix, is Dr. Gimmler’s own dog. In March 2017, when she was 7 years old, Dr. Gimmler brought her home after a 4-year history of seasonal paw licking that progressed after moving from Alabama to Texas 2 years prior. On physical exam, she had moderate hypotrichosis (thin fur) and erythema (redness) […]

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Pet Spotlight/Case Study: “Bella’s Itch”

Bella first came to ADRC in Aug 2015 as an 11-month-old, spayed-female Golden Retriever with a history of steroid-responsive, year-round itching, skin infections, and ear infections since 3 months of age that didn’t resolve with a Z/D diet trial. We performed intradermal allergy testing, started injectable allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT, “allergy shots”) to control her environmental […]

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Pet Case Study: Rocky’s Pemphigus

Rocky first presented to Dr. Ho as a 4-year-old, male terrier mix in January of 2019 for an evaluation of non-resolving skin lesions that started 4-5 months ago. Additionally, Rocky’s owners reported that he was lethargic and developed a fever. He had symmetrical crust lesions on his nose, ears, around his eyes, and on his […]

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Pet Case Study: “Magnolia” a Dog Licking Excessively

Magnolia is a 3-year-old female German Shepherd dog with a history of progressive paw licking, red skin, and hair loss. The clinical signs worsened while she was having her heat cycle. The owners reported “….she seems to be uncomfortable all the time and feels bad.” Dr. Seals suspected an overgrowth of the mite “Demodex canis” […]

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Pet Case Study: “Bizkit’s Allergies”

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Bizkit first presented to Dr. Gimmler as a 2.5 year old, male Bull Terrier in September 2016. He’d been struggling with itching and skin infections since he was 6 months of age. His skin was very red and lichenified, meaning it was thickened and wrinkled like elephant skin. This is usually a sign that the […]

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Pet Case Study: “Sugar” Cat Hair Loss Solved

Sugar is a 10 month old female spayed domestic cat. She was adopted from the local animal shelter about 1 month ago. Shortly after adoption, Sugar developed hair loss from the face and paw. She presented to ADRC for Dr. Seals to evaluate. The affected skin had areas of scaling and appeared irritated. During the examination, the […]

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Pet Case Study: Jackson and James

Jackson and James are 5 year old, neutered male Cocker Spaniel-Poodle mixes. Every summer and fall for many years they have been getting itchy, inflamed “hot spots” on their rumps. The technical term for a “hot spot” is acute moist dermatitis. This is an inflamed, oozy spot on the skin that appears rapidly due to […]

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