Presumptive sarcoptic mange in a Spitz dog
An 11 year old castrated male Spitz dog presented to the Dermatology Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals for evaluation of a progressive pruritc dermatitis and bacterial folliculitis. Skin lesions and progressive alopecia were noted, along the entire ventrum and left elbow. A positive pinnal-pedal reflex was observed during his examination. Cytology of an intact pustule confirmed bacterial folliculitis, presumed to be secondary to an underlying disease. A skin scraping was negative for ectoparasites, but his clinical presentation and positive pinnal-pedal reflex warranted a presumptive diagnosis of sarcoptic mange. The patient’s case is fairly characteristic of dogs presenting with scabies. Skin scrapings from dogs with scabies are generally unrewarding, making a definitive diagnosis difficult to attain. Thus, recognizing the classic presentation of scabies is an important clinical skill, particularly because patients with scabies have an excellent prognosis with appropriate treatment.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2013
Dogs -- Parasites -- Case studies