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Bacterial pyoderma – 5 common treatment options

25 June 2020

Pyoderma in small animals is usually seen as a complex of bacterial infections at different levels of the skin, with each form requiring a slightly different approach. It’s important in all forms to identify, treat and manage the underlying triggers such as allergies, endocrinopathies, immunodeficiency, ectoparasitic infestation and follicular dysplasia.

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Canine pyoderma – 5 ways to make a diagnosis

25 June 2020

During this Covid pandemic, we’ve all been getting used to remote consultations using telephone and video calls. Whilst most of us find that it’s a reasonably good compromise, there are definitely some situations where the whole examination experience can’t be reproduced, and cases of canine pyoderma are one of these. After all, so much of our clinical judgement relies on using all our senses, including touch and smell.

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Demodicosis in hamsters – an opportunistic invader

25 June 2020

Skin conditions in hamsters are frequently seen in general practice, with the three main presentations being demodicosis, abscesses and cutaneous lymphoma. In this article we take a look at the parasitic complaint, demodicosis.

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Lameness examinations – 10 top tips

25 June 2020

When a dog, cat or rabbit presents as lame, it can sometimes be quite a challenge to work out exactly what is wrong. Just trying to identify which leg is affected can sometimes be difficult. In this article we give a few top tips on how to ensure you are confident with your examination to ensure you make the right diagnosis.

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Delayed wound healing – why does it happen?

25 June 2020

Every wound, whether it be traumatic or surgical, will be exposed to bacteria from the surrounding environment. In most situations, the more damage to the tissues, the more delayed the process of healing will be. In this article we look at the process of healing and list 10 common reasons why a wound will fail to heal as expected.

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Avoiding antibiotics with surgical wounds – 8 essentials

25 June 2020

How often do you suture a wound and feel the urge to add antibiotics into the treatment protocol? We’ve been used to using and abusing these drugs for too long, and the truth is that there are many situations where we don’t need their help at all.

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