Skin and Ears
- Black light testing for Ringworm: Cats are particularly prone to ringworm, a fungal infection. Ringworm can appear as dry itchy scabs, open sores, hair loss, and more. This fungus is contagious to other pets and people. Examining your pet’s skin and hairs with a black light can tell us a lot about ringworm, especially if the scales and hairs light up and glow under the light. Not all cases of ringworm glow under the black light, so additional testing may be needed. More information about ringworm >>
- Ringworm culture: A more thorough test for ringworm in dogs and cats, as well as other pets. It can take up to 14 days to get results, but it will let you know for sure if ringworm is present, especially in cases of negative or questionable response to black light.
- Skin scrapes: Skin disease in dogs and cats can be caused by bacteria, fungus, mites, yeast and more. Unfortunately, skin diseases caused by these various organisms all have overlapping symptoms, so we often have to do a series of tests to determine the cause. Skin scrapings look for mites that cause mange. Demodectic mange is not contagious, whereas Sarcoptic mange is very contagious.
- Skin smears: Skin smears are made with a sterile swab, rubbing the affected area and then rolling the swab onto a microscope slide. This material is stained and viewed under the microscope where we can see bacteria, yeast, inflammation, and more.
- Ear smears: Any time your pet has tender, red, smelly, dirty or itchy ears, we should do an exam and an ear smear. A small sample is collected from the ear on a sterile swab, rolled onto a microscope slide, stained, and examined under the microscope. From this procedure we can determine the best medications for your pet.