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Skin Signs


The skin can demonstrate disease with only a limited number of symptoms. It can:

  • Lose hair
  • Gain hair
  • Change hair color
  • Change skin color:
    • Lose pigment
    • Gain pigment
    • Inflame (red)
    • Blanche (white)
    • Bruise (purple or blue)
  • Become scaly
  • Become crusted
  • Become scabbed
  • Thin
  • Thicken
  • Erode or Ulcerate
  • Exude fluid
  • Crack or peel

The dermatologist must be adept at recognizing the types and patterns of lesions affecting the skin, and together with obtaining a thorough history piece together a list of the most likely causes of disease (the differential diagnosis list).

There are four categories of skin disease (dermatitis/dermatoses) that occur most frequently in companion animals. They are allergic dermatitis, ear infections, skin infections, and immune-mediated/autoimmune dermatoses.

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