A patient with the primary client complaint of itch represents a common dilemma in skin disease.
In each canine or feline patient, several causes can contribute to overall pruritus. To identify specific causes and treat each patient accordingly, practitioners need a general understanding of the multiple causes of pruritus: yeast and bacterial infections, ectoparasites, atopic dermatitis complex (including environmental or food allergy), or atopic-like dermatitis.
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