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Today's Veterinary Practice
Volume 7 | Issue 1 (Jan/Feb 2017)

Dermatology Details: Updates on the management of canine demodicosis

Today's Vet Pract. Jan/Feb 2017;7(1):77-85. 14 Refs
Sandra N Koch1
1 Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, USA.

Author Abstract

Canine demodicosis is a common inflammatory parasitic skin disease believed to be associated with a genetic or immunologic disorder. This disease allows mites from the normal cutaneous biota to proliferate in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, leading to alopecia, erythema, …

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Management of Proteinuria in Dogs and Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease.
A normal dog or cat should excrete very little protein and have a urine protein:creatinine ratio that is less than 0.4 or less than 0.2, respectively; persistent proteinuria above this magnitude warrants attention.
Use of mycophenolate mofetil to treat immune-mediated skin disease in 14 dogs - a retrospective evaluation.
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Frequency of Undetected Glove Perforation and Associated Risk Factors in Equine Surgery.
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Duodenojejunal mesenteric rents: Survival and complications after surgical correction in 38 broodmares (2006-2014).
Long-term survival was 74% overall and 97% for mares that survived to discharge. All long-term survivors and 85% of mares that recovered from general anesthesia returned to use for breeding. The odds of survival were significantly higher for horses =10 years of age. Failure to close the rent was associated with increased odds of colic after discharge, but had no effect on survival.
Decontamination of laundry exposed to Microsporum canis hairs and spores.
Washable textiles exposed to M canis can be decontaminated via mechanical washes in cold water without the addition of bleach. Two washes are recommended to ensure removal of spores.

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