The latest issue of Veterinary Dermatology (Vol. 18, No. 2) is now available online and includes the following highlights:

  • An article (69–77) reviews existing studies of thirteen pharmacological treatments of Pseudomonas otitis in dogs and finds that “Based on the accepted criteria for quality of evidence, there is insufficient evidence for or against recommending the use of any of these treatments.”
  • A pilot study (87–93) finds that heat-killed Mycobacterium vaccae administered intradermally is effective in treating mild to moderate cases of canine atopic dermatitis. The treatment is similar to one already recognized as effective in treating human atopic dermatitis. The study demostrated treatment effectiveness over a three-month period, but found it ineffective for dogs with severe cases.
  • A retrospective case-control study (101–106) finds that dogs with atopic dermatitis are twelve times more likely to also have mycosis fungoides than are dogs without atopic dermatitis. The authors caution that further investigation into the link between these two diseases is needed.
  • A study (120–126) finds that different laboratories reporting on cultures of identical, suspected Pseudomonas samples are not always in agreement and that the different laboratories can generate significantly different antibiotic susceptibility profiles for the samples. Veterinarians are encouraged to keep this finding in mind as they interpret culture and susceptibility results.
  • A study (138–141) of three sample types used in the diagnosis of canine demodicosis confirms that deep skin scraping is more sensitive than hair plucking and finds that exudate microscopy might be equally sensitive to deep skin scraping.
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