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Issue number 28.1 Other Scientific

How I approach… Canine pododermatitis

Published 06/08/2020

Written by Rosanna Marsella

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano , Polski and Español

Dogs with sore feet may at first sight be mundane and easy to treat, but pitfalls await the unwary; Rosanna Marsella takes a personal look at what can be a remarkably complex clinical disorder and gives some useful tips for diagnosis and treatment

How I approach… Canine pododermatitis

Key Points

Canine pododermatitis can be primary or secondary in nature, and the clinician should follow a logical approach to ascertain the underlying etiology.


Identifying the distribution and type of primary lesions are essential in making a diagnosis.


Demodex mites should always be considered as a possible cause of pododermatitis.


Some causes of pododermatitis affect not only the haired skin but also the nails, which can help in the differential diagnosis of the underlying disease.


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