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It is one of the biggest debates in veterinary dermatology. Are ear cultures useful? Check out this week's podcast to hear why this is a hot topic and my thoughts on it. 
Welcome Dr. Karen Shenoy to the podcast! She is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Hills US. We discuss Hill's Global Symposium which is focusing on dermatology this year! Dr. Shenoy and I will be co-hosting this event which contains a bunch of amazing speakers. Register at! It is free and will be recorded so you can catch up later if you can't watch the entire event live.
"If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life."Is this really true? Or an unrealistic concept? Check out this episode of the podcast with Dr. Jeff Tinsley (senior resident at Animal Dermatology Clinic Louisville).  We discuss this and ways to recharge outside of work. 
131. Aural hematoma

131. Aural hematoma


I was recently giving a set of lectures about allergies and I was asked about the prevalence of aural hematomas in dogs with no signs of otitis externa. I hadn't appreciated this clinically but then ran across a review article that discussed a new potential etiology and though it was interesting. Check out this week's episode of the podcast and let me know your thoughts! Have you appreciated this in the clinic?Study reference:O’Neill, D.G.; Lee, Y.H.; Brodbelt, D.C.; Church, D.B.; Pegram, C.; Halfacree, Z. Reporting the epidemiology of aural haematomain dogs and proposing a novel aetiopathogenetic pathway. Sci. Rep. 2021, 11, 21670
As a dermatology specialists we tend to see the more severe, chronic cases of allergic dermatitis and infection. But in general practice, our colleagues are seeing these cases at much earlier stage in younger dogs. So how do you start management at these initial signs of allergies?This podcast episode welcomes back Dr. Dana Liska, DACVD. Dr. Liska is a senior veterinary dermatologist with Zoetis. We discuss early recognition, management and client communication regarding canine allergic dermatitis.This podcast is sponsored by Zoetis.
I opened it up on Instagram! In this episode, I answer the top questions submitted regarding canine atopic dermatitis. This is a great summary of some of the most important aspects of this chronic, frustrating disease.
It’s Itchy Pet Awareness Month!  Come listen to this podcast episode with Alice Joseph and Dr. Shannon Cabell of Zoetis. We will discuss fun ways to get your practice ready for Itchy Pet Awareness Month in August including wonderful resources listed 
Flea bite hypersensitivity is a common cause of pruritus and secondary infection in dogs and cats. It can be easy to prescribe flea prevention and assume you have ruled it out. But some cases need a little more detail when collecting history and providing discharge instructions...How is the owner giving the flea prevention?Are other dogs and cats on quality fast flea prevention?What frequency is owner giving the prevention?Find out about a recent case I had where the pet was on great flea prevention... but the other pets in the household weren't. A big difference occurred with just a small change.
Welcome Dr. Valerie Fadok, DVM, PhD, DACVD back to the podcast. She is a senior veterinary dermatologist with Zoetis. One of her passions involves a dog breed that we see quite often in dermatology... The West Highland White Terrier aka Westie! Hear all about this allergy prone breed and the amazing research being done through the Westie Foundation of America ( Some wonderful studies are mentioned on this episode. The references are listed below:1. Favrot C et al. Atopic dermatitis in West Highland white terriers- part 1: natural history of atopic dermatitis in the first three years of life. Vet Dermatol 2020;301:106-e16. AR-170462. Rostaher A, et al. Atopic dermatitis in a cohort of West Highland white terriers in Switzerland. Part II: estimates of early life factors and heritability. Vet Dermatol 2020; 31:276-e66. AR-170453. Rostaher A, et al. Atopic dermatitis in a cohort of West Highland white terriers in Switzerland. Part III: early life peripheral blood regulatory T cells are reduced in atopic dermatitis. Vet Dermatol 2021; 32:239-e63. AR-17047This podcast was sponsored by Zoetis. Zoetis is dedicated to changing the way we approach canine pruritus to protect the bonds between the pet, the owner and the veterinary team.
125. Histiocytoma

125. Histiocytoma


This week's episode goes over differentials, diagnosis and treatment options for histiocytoma. Do you "wait and see" or go for the removal? Check out your options here!
This week's episode is all about canine papillomavirus. They aren't always obvious wart-like lesions in young dogs. Did you know there are inverted papillomas?  Pigmented plaque-like lesions in Pugs? Check out the podcast to take a little dive into this common virus.
Resistant infections seem to get worse every year. So how do you handle a culture that comes back with limited antibiotic options? Or an owner can't afford to culture but systemic antibiotics are not resolving the pyoderma?Dilute bleach is an inexpensive, effective topical option for pyoderma. There are various concentrations listed in the literature and certain tips that can increase your chances of being successful with implementing bleach as a rinse, spot treatment or soak.
122. Scabies

122. Scabies


We always want easy wins in veterinary dermatology... and Scabies is absolutely one of them! Sarcoptic mange can make an animal miserable. But, luckly, it is a very easy mite to treat leading to fast comfort! However, this mite can be sneaky and difficult to find on skin scrapings. Check out this podcast episode for lesion distribution, diagnosis, history and treatment!
You hear dermatologists mention the "multimodal approach to allergies" but what does that mean beyond prescribing an anti-itch therapy? Find out why the epidermal barrier matters and how you can help restore it for your itchy patients.
Otitis can be a frustrating disease to diagnose and manage. However, it is one of the most common diseases seen in general practice. Successful treatment does not just mean picking the right ear drop. You have to consider why the infection is happening and what other factors are present that may complicate remission of the disease.Learn how the PSPP system can be a quick way to have a full view of how to manage a complicated otitis case!
119. Bald Belly Cats

119. Bald Belly Cats


Bald belly cats present commonly in veterinary dermatology. Many of these cats develop bald bellies due to overgrooming but there are also non-pruritic causes. What history questions should you ask? What differentials should you consider? What other clinical signs should you look for?Check out this episode of the podcast to feel confident in the bald belly kitty workup!
Stephen Kochis, DVM joins the podcast to discuss dermatology in shelter medicine. He is the Chief Medical Officer for the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, OR.  Dr. Kochis discusses some of the amazing work he does in shelter medicine managing dermatologic diseases including feline dermatophytosis and canine allergies. Also, the importance of getting to know your local shelters.
Before referring a dog or cat to a dermatologist, what should you do? Of course we love cytology, diet trials, topical therapy, etc. but there is ONE particular thing I would love for every case to have before seeing us at the dermatology clinic. Check out this episode of the podcast to find out my top request!
116. The CLAW... fold

116. The CLAW... fold


Claw fold disease is often overlooked in dogs and cats during the dermatologic examination. However, this a common anatomical area that is affected in pets with allergies, infections, parasites or autoimmune diseases. Though there are similarities in claw fold diseases between dogs and cats, there are some differences that should be recognized as well. Learn all about clinical signs, diagnostics and differentials in this episode!
Welcome Valerie Fadok, DVM, PhD, DACVD to the podcast to discuss canine allergic and atopic dermatitis! She is a senior veterinary dermatologist with Zoetis.We’ve come a long way in our ability to manage allergic skin diseases in dogs. Due to our increased knowledge based on research, there are better therapeutics available. We have learned that several Type 2 cytokines such as IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-13, and IL-31 are major players in mediating allergic pruritus and inflammation.  These cytokines mediate their action through Janus kinase-1 and appear early in the allergic inflammation cascade. It is so important with the management of allergic and atopic dogs that we continue to have studies showing the effect of therapies on itch and inflammation. Check out this episode of the podcast to learn more!This podcast was sponsored by Zoetis. Zoetis is dedicated to changing the way we approach canine pruritus to protect the bonds between the pet, the owner and the veterinary team. Visit for more information.APOQUEL-IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONDo not use Apoquel in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. Apoquel may increase the chances of developing serious infections, and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse. Consider the risks and benefits of treatment in dogs with a history of recurrence of these conditions.  New neoplastic conditions (benign and malignant) were observed in clinical studies and post-approval.  Apoquel has not been tested in dogs receiving some medications including some commonly used to treat skin conditions such as corticosteroids and cyclosporines. Do not use in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. Most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea. Apoquel has been used safely with many common medications including parasiticides, antibiotics and vaccines.  For more information, please see the full Prescribing Information at IndicationsControl of pruritus (itching) associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.    Cytopoint Indications: Cytopoint has been shown to be effective for the treatment of dogs against allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.
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