Antimicrobial therapy for skin diseases in companion animals
Secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections are common complications of a variety of primary skin diseases in companion animals, including common allergic diseases. Although the importance of addressing secondary infections is recognised, many of the lesions they cause are non-specific and not readily distinguished from primary diseases. Accurate diagnosis of skin infections is reliant on diagnostic testing, and although skin cytology sampling is of greatest importance, superficial sampling techniques are a relatively recent introduction to clinical practice. Thus historically, there has been a tendency to treat skin infections in companion animals based on suspicious clinical lesions and/or odours, or to cover with antimicrobial therapy ‘just in case'. With the increasing development of antimicrobial resistance, questioning the appropriateness of antimicrobial therapy for every patient has become very important. Appropriate use of antimicrobials revolves around two important aspects. Firstly, to only use antibiotics and/or antifungals when they are clearly indicated, which is reliant on accurate diagnostic tools. Secondly, to make appropriate medication choices and direct optimal doses and durations of therapy. This webinar will cover the use of skin cytology for accurate recognition of secondary bacterial and yeast infections, together with evidence-based recommendations on optimal antimicrobial therapies, including topical versus systemic therapies, and challenges of MRSP infections.
Recording from 25.10.2018
DR Linda Vogelnest BVSC (HONS) MACVSC FACVSC
Linda graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984, and after over 10 years working in general practice began following an initial desire to understand skin disease better and provide improved patient outcomes that culminated in becoming a Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. She achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in feline medicine in 1997, and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003, and has worked in university and private referral practice seeing dogs, cats, horses, and a range of zoo animals and wildlife. Linda has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications, and lectured in Australia and internationally. She continues to teach pre-clinical dermatology to veterinary students at the University of Sydney, and is passionate about promoting a greater understanding of veterinary dermatology. Linda’s special interests include atopic dermatitis, otitis, skin histopathology, and skin surface cytology.