Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Bacterial skin disease: overview

Synonym(s): Pyoderma

Contributor(s): Rosanna Marsella, Ian Mason, David Scarff

Introduction

  • An uncommon feline dermatosis (except subcutaneous abscessation Abscess which is common!).
  • Cause: surface, superficial and deep bacterial infections.
  • Signs: pustules, nodules and draining tracts +/- a range of other primary and secondary lesions.
  • Diagnosis: microscopic examination of stained smears, bacterial culture and histopathology.
  • Treatment: antibiotics; surgical resection of nodules.
  • Prognosis: good for surface and superficial infections, poor for some deep infections.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

Predisposing factors

General

  • Superficial pyoderma: unclear.
  • Surface and deep pyoderma: trauma.

Pathophysiology

  • Unclear.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Kennis R A, Wolf A M (1999) Chronic bacterial skin infections in cats. Comp Contin Educ Pract Vet 21 (12), 1108-1115 VetMedResource.
  • Ihrke P J (1984) Therapeutic strategies involving antimicrobial treatment of the skin in small animals. J Am Vet Med Assoc 185 (10), 1165-1168 PubMed.
  • Thoday K (1981) Skin disease of the cat. Vet Rec 109 (21), 22-35 PubMed.


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