Sarcoptes (scabies) and dermatophytes (ringworm) are common in shelter environments and are considered high-risk diseases because of their contagious nature. Ruling out other underlying causes of itching is important to determining a course of action and treatment. This presentation focuses on common causes of itching, diagnostic options, sample collection methods, understanding of results, and therapeutic monitoring. Also included in the presentation is a cost-analysis case study of the 1- to 3-day polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Sarcoptes and dermatophytosis versus the traditional ringworm culture.
Overview of diagnostic workup for pruritic dogs and cats in the shelter environment
Diagnostic options available for Sarcoptes and dermatophytosis (ringworm) infections
Sample collection guidelines for ringworm diagnosis