In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, talks with Elizabeth R. Drake, DVM, DACVD, about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Skin Biopsy for Diffuse Dermatologic Disease in Cats & Dogs.” Dr. Drake explains how to make good use of punch and other skin biopsy techniques, including indications and location. She also shares some helpful tips about local blocks and not forgetting tissue cultures.
Skin biopsies are indicated for anything that’s deep, nodular, draining, or ulcerated.
Concurrent infection can impact interpretation, so treat it if you can.
Steroids will also impact interpretation; withdrawal time depends on how active the disease is.
You won’t regret using sedation along with local blocks.
Use a 6mm punch and target lesional skin—but remember that the center of an ulcer will just show an ulcer.
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