Pruritus in dogs and cats part 1: what is pruritus and how do we approach the pruritic patient?

Cathy F Curtis
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Dogs and cats with skin disease are some of the commonest patients to be presented in general veterinary practice and those with pruritus are seen frequently. The veterinary nurse can help to reassure distressed clients that their itchy pets can be helped by an appropriate dermatological work-up, and can also be involved in the process, particularly in the harvesting of skin/scale/hair samples and in the preparation and identification of ectoparasitic and microbial elements using microscopy and other laboratory skills. Many veterinary surgeons trust the inspection of skin preparations to their experienced nurses, making their role crucial to the success of the work-up, which is interesting and rewarding for the nurse.

Figure 1. Example of a dermatology consultation history form.
Figure 1. Example of a dermatology consultation history form.

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