Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal

 

Digit loss due to Demodex spp. infestation in a dog: clinical and pathological features

F. Grandi1,2,3,*, A. Pasternak4 and H.E.O. Beserra1,2

1Departament of Diagnostic Pathology, Public Veterinary Hospital, Veterinary Service of National Association of Small Animal Clinicians (ANCLIVEPA), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2Department of Veterinary Clinics, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Univ. Estadual Paulista – UNESP, Botucatu, SP, Brazil

3Department of Pathology, Botucatu Medical School, Univ. Estadual Paulista – UNESP. Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil

4Department of Dermatology, Public Veterinary Hospital, Veterinary Service of National Association of Small Animal Clinicians (ANCLIVEPA), São Paulo, SP, Brazil

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Abstract

Here we describe a rare clinical manifestation of canine pododemodicosis. A dog was presented with pedal erythema, scaling, crusting, severe edema and digit loss. The following diseases were taken into account for the differential diagnosis:  pododemodicosis, lethal acrodermatitis, zinc responsive dermatosis and pemphigus foliaceus. Results from skin biopsies revealed the presence of Demodex spp. of mites in the follicular infundibula and a severe inflammatory process (pododemodicosis). Upon the acaricidal treatment, the patient exhibited favorable signs of clinical improvement.      

Keywords: Acaricidal treatment, Canine, Parasite, Pododemodicosis, Skin.

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Cite this paper:

Grandi, F., Pasternak, A. and Beserra, H.E.O. 2013. Digit loss due to Demodex spp. infestation in a dog: clinical and pathological features. Open Vet. J. 3(1), 53-55.