Interdigital Folliculitis and Furunculosis (“Interdigital Cysts”)

Interdigital folliculitis and furunculosis (IFF) is a common presenting problem. I see at least one case per day! Why? It is a frustrating skin problem in many dogs and for many veterinarians and pet parents. There are predisposing causes, primary diseases that contribute, and secondary problems that exacerbate. The cause is multifactorial. The management is multimodal. The approach to a dog with IFF starts with the recognition of the problem, identification of any predisposing factors…

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Inhalent Allergies

Typically, allergies to pollen, mold, dust, etc. develop between 1-3 years of age. Animals usually do not outgrow their allergies and often times the allergy worsens with age. Scratching, rubbing, licking or chewing face, feet, limbs, armpits, and sides are all common signs of allergies. Additionally, one may see ear infections, runny red eyes, and sneezing. Animals with allergies are more likely to get secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections of their skin. Diagnosing and treating…

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In the Pipeline: Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Pruritus

Biologic medicine uses principles of what we know about normal immune responses to rebalance, restore, or stimulate a patient’s own immune system to fight disease. Biotherapeutics used in biologic medicine include immunostimulating cytokines (interferon), colony stimulating factors (erythropoietin) and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Therapeutic mAbs can be used to block disease relevant proteins (cytokines, receptors) and target viruses or bacteria and aid in destruction and elimination of pathogens. A new biotherapeutic is in the pipeline…

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