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Tackling feline ear disease, dermatophytosis

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Conclusion Feline dermatology can be both frustrating as well as challenging and rewarding. A logical stepwise diagnostic plan and offering flexible treatment options, is essential for a good outcome. Compounding pills into liquids or formulating transdermal preparations for hard to pill cats is often helpful in ensuring compliance, especially when multiple medications are given. Referral to a veterinary dermatologist for refractory or hard to manage cases before the disease has become chronic often leads to better results. Although much progress has been made in the last 10-15 years, more effective and easier to administer treatment options with fewer side effects are needed to further benefit our feline dermatology patients in the future.

Suggested Reading

  • Scott DW, Miller WH, Griffin CE (eds): Kirk's Small Animal Dermatology 6th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2001.
  • Guaguere E, Prelaud P (eds): A Practical Guide to Feline Dermatology. Merial; 2000.
  • Griffin CE, Kwochka KW, MacDonald JM (eds): Current Veterinary Dermatology. St. Louis: Mosby Year Book; 1993.
  • Medleau L, Hnilica KA. Small Animal Dermatology: A Color Atlas and Therapeutic Guide. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2001.
  • Medleau L, White-Weithers NE. Dermatophytosis in Cats. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. 13 (4): 1991; 557-562.
  • Colombo S, Cornegliani L, Vercelli A. Efficacy of intraconazole as a combined continuous/pulse therapy in feline dermatophytosis: preliminary results in nine cases. Veterinary Dermatology (12): 2001; 347-50.


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