Deep pyoderma in dogs is a bacterial infection of the epidermis and hair follicle leading to rupture of the follicle and development of furunculosis and cellulitis.
The underlying causes are allergies, parasites (especially demodicosis), endocrinopathies, immune mediated disorders, traumas causing pressure point infections, post-grooming or self-traumatic disorders.
Affected dogs may be in pain, there is crusting, odor, and exudation of blood and pus from the skin lesions. Erythema, swelling, ulcerations, hemorrhagic crusts and bullae, hair loss, and draining tracts with serohemorrhagic or purulent exudate may also be seen.
Successful management of deep pyoderma requires its recognition. Identification of the pathogenic organism and the underlying cause are essential in order to make the appropriate treatment recommendations. Treatment usually involves the use of systemic antibiotics, often accompanied by topical therapy.
Speaker: Rosario Cerundolo DVM DipECVD CertVD MRCVS