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Articles by Karen A. Moriello, DVM, DACVD

A diagnostic approach to skin disease in geriatric cats

When an older cat develops a skin problem, the presenting complaint will point you to a group of possible diagnoses. From there, a thorough patient history and core diagnostic tests can help you identify the underlying problem.
Mar 1, 2013

When an older cat develops a skin problem, the presenting complaint will point you to a group of possible diagnoses.

A busy clinician's review of cyclosporine

This oral immunosuppressive drug used to treat canine atopy is probably already in your armamentarium. But do you know which formulation to avoid, how obesity affects the dose, or when to decrease the dosage?
May 1, 2008

Need-to-know information about its mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and adverse effects.

Canine allergic dermatitis: Pathogenesis, clinical signs, and diagnosis

Jun 1, 2006

In the simplest terms, allergic dermatitis refers to any inflammatory skin disease caused by any type of allergy. The unifying characteristic of these diseases is that they cause pruritus and subsequent inflammation. Depending on the etiology, the event may be short-lived or become a lifelong condition. Table 1 lists the reported allergic diseases of small animals. 1,2 These diseases are rarely uncomplicated and often involve secondary infections. Furthermore, more than one core allergic disease is often present concurrently. These factors can make diagnosis and management of allergic dermatitis cases challenging.

Dermatology Challenge: Self-mutilation and over-grooming in a Siamese cat

Feb 1, 2005

A 2-year-old intact male Siamese cat was presented to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine's Dermatology Service for evaluation of self-mutilation and psychogenic licking of the forelimbs and abdomen.

Dermatology Update: Can dextromethorphan be used to treat repetitive itching and scratching in atopic dogs?

Jan 1, 2005

In a recent study, oral dextromethorphan hydrobromide was evaluated in 14 dogs with atopic dermatitis to determine whether the drug had any effect on repetitive behaviors associated with or suggestive of pruritus.

Dermatology Update: A new look at ulcerative dermatosis of Shetland sheepdogs and rough collies

Dec 1, 2004

Ulcerative dermatosis of Shetland sheepdogs and rough collies is an inflammatory, erosive skin disorder of unknown etiology.

Dermatology Challenge: Acutely pruritic eruptions on a dog's extremities and trunk

Nov 1, 2004

A 1-year-old 66-lb (30-kg) intact male Labrador retriever was presented to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine's Dermatology Service for evaluation of severe pruritus and skin eruptions on its trunk and distal extremities.

Dermatology Challege: Severe facial pruritus in a Boston terrier

Aug 1, 2004

The internal medicine service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine requested a consultation on a 7-year-old intact male Boston terrier in which pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism had been diagnosed one month earlier.

Dermatology Update: Using the new cyclosporine formulation in dogs

Apr 1, 2004

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressive drug that suppresses T-helper and T-suppressor cells and inhibits interleukin-2.

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