The first book devoted solely to the techniques used to investigate skin problems in animals A practical everyday reference for veterinary practitioners, Diagnostic Techniques in Veterinary Dermatology focuses on contemporary techniques for investigating skin problems in small animals, horses and exotic pets. Written by experienced specialists in veterinary dermatology, this book offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to perform tests and interpret their results. The first book devoted exclusively to the subject, this hands-on guide demonstrates how to carry out and interpret a huge range of dermatology tests, as well as how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. Featuring full colour photographs and illustrations throughout, key topics include: looking for parasites, hair plucks and trichograms, dermoscopy, cytology, fungal and bacterial cultures, histopathology, allergy testing, immune-mediated skin diseases, endocrine and metabolic skin diseases, infectious diseases, diagnostic imaging, otoscopy and examination of the ear, genetic tests, and more.
Diagnostic Techniques in Veterinary Dermatology is a valuable working resource for busy practitioners in first opinion practice, as well as veterinary nurses and technicians. It is also an ideal reference for veterinary students and specialists in-training.
1 Introduction to Dermatological Tests 1 2 Looking for Parasites 21 3 Hair Plucks and Trichograms 41 4 Dermoscopy 53 5 Cytology 57 6 Fungal and Bacterial Cultures and Identification 81 7 Introduction to Histopathology 105 8 Allergy Testing 125 9 Immune-Mediated Skin Diseases 159 10 Endocrine and Metabolic Skin Diseases 173 11 Infectious Diseases 199 12 Diagnostic Imaging 215 13 Otoscopy and Examination of the Ear 235 14 Which Test to Choose When 257 15 Genetic Tests for Skin Diseases 277 Further Reading 289 Index 297