We cannot provide text book information on our website. For a list of veterinary dermatology textbooks, click here.

However, we can learn a lot by examining a patient and looking at her/his lesions and their distribution that will allow us to rule out some of the many differential diagnoses that come to mind when seeing a dog or cat with skin disease.

Lesions that give clues to the pathogenesis are usually primary lesions, lesions that are NOT caused by scratching, rubbing, biting or licking. Papules and pustules are classical examples. Other lesions can be either caused by trauma or by the disease. A classical example would be alopecia, that can occur secondary to scratching or rubbing but also primary through a lack of hair regrowth in for example a dog with hormonal disease.

In the menu bar to the left we have listed the most common complaints in veterinary dermatology, for some basic rules on how to interpret these lesions in dogs and cats, please click the lesion of interest.

In addition we have added nasal dermatitis and pododermatitis, in these sections we will focus on diseases that can affect exclusively the paws or the nose, if there are lesions on other areas of the body, these statements may not apply!

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