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Tips on investigating bovine skin conditions

Skin scrape is an essential diagnostic test in almost all cases of skin disease. It is a cheap, effective diagnostic aid. Adaptation of technique for specific parasite enhances success of diagnosis.

Written by Vetstream Ltd
Reviewed by Catherine Fraser BVSc CertVD MRCVS

Other useful techniques

Common skin conditions

Photodynamic agent causes damage to cell membranes after exposure to UltraViolet (UV) light. Dermatological signs of erythema, edema and skin sloughing are mainly seen on non-pigmented skin or hairless areas such as the nose and udder. This condition is very painful and irritating.

Written by Mo Kemp BVMS MVM PhD DCHP MRCVS
Reviewed by Lisa Whitfield BVSc, MVM

Other causes

Other skin conditions to consider

Ichthyosis is a rare congenital skin disease of cattle. It causes extreme hyperkeratosis on all or part of skin, excessive cutaneous scaling and/or adherent plaques, and skin fissuring.

Written by Catherine Fraser BVSc CertVD MRCVS
Reviewed by Ben Dunstan BVSc BSc CertCHP MRCVS

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