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Presumptive sarcoptic mange in a Spitz dog

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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.

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Senior seminar paper
Seminar SF610.1 2013

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2012-11-14

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Dogs -- Parasites -- Case studies

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