DVM Best Practices, Apr 1, 2003 - DVM
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DVM Best Practices, Apr 1, 2003
Skin Diseases
Common mistakes can often cause problems in diagnosing dermatology cases
By Alice M. Jeromin, RPh, DVM, DACVD
At one time or another, we have all made the same mistakes when working up a dermatology case. To help us all save time and get the most information with the least amount of work, I thought I would address what in my referral practice appear to be the most commonly made mistakes when working up a dermatology patient.
Allergies
Multi-facet approach offers best results for allergy patients
By Mitchell Song, DVM, Dipl. ACVD
Allergic skin disease is the most common reason a client seeks veterinary care for an animal in the United States. In some parts of the country, at certain times of the year, more than half of the animals a small animal practitioner examines will have a form of allergic skin disease.
Glucocorticoids
Steroids can offer relief for skin conditions, but use cautiously
By Russell Muse, DVM, Dipl. ACVD
Glucocorticoids are useful drugs. Their utilization has allowed for control of many diseases and conditions that otherwise would likely result in death or the ultimate euthanasia of many dogs and cats.
Topical Therapies
Topical therapies can offer relief for some skin conditions
By Carlo Vitale, DVM, DACVD
In my practice, I receive numerous phone calls for consultations concerning the choice of shampoo or specific topical spray/lotion to treat skin disease. It can be very difficult to choose the right topical product. But with a few tips, a few rules to follow and some insight into shampoo ingredients, you'll be well on your way.
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