Diagnostic Approach to the Pruritic Dog

Pruritus is one of the most common reasons why clients bring their dog to the veterinarian. Sometimes the cause of the pruritus is obvious (e.g., the dog is covered with fleas), and sometimes it is not so simple. The patient’s primary condition may be exacerbated by secondary infections or development of (new) allergic skin diseases. If necessary, the veterinarian must be ready to “peel back” diagnostic layers to get to the underlying cause—or causes. Read More

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