In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, welcomes back Karen Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS, to talk about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Postgrooming Furunculosis in a Corgi.” Dr. Tobias shares the challenges and successes in diagnosing and treating Ella, a young Pembroke Welsh corgi, who was presented with acute neck pain, fever, and lethargy. While pursuing the original working diagnosis, the case took a turn during preparation for additional testing. See how Ella was eventually diagnosed with postgrooming furunculosis and get tips for diagnosing, treating, and preventing this painful condition.
Postgrooming furunculosis should be suspected in a dog with a history of recent bathing and with characteristic skin lesions, including erythema, scabs, and draining tracts. These patients may also be febrile and have significant pain when the affected area is touched.
Treatment should be based on culture and sensitivity testing, but empirical treatment with fluoroquinolones can be considered if rods are present on cytology.
Treatment is generally recommended to continue for 2 weeks past resolution of clinical signs, but future studies may allow shorter durations of treatment.
Pain management is an important part of treatment for these patients.
Using diluted shampoo and conditioner products may increase the risk of causing furunculosis, as can vigorous rubbing, working against the haircoat, or using expired products.
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