33. Complications of Cutaneous Skin Allergies (Skin Infections)

  1. Chiara Noli2,
  2. Aiden Foster3 and
  3. Wayne Rosenkrantz4
  1. Laura Ordeix

Published Online: 25 OCT 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch33

Veterinary Allergy

Veterinary Allergy

How to Cite

Ordeix, L. (2013) Complications of Cutaneous Skin Allergies (Skin Infections), in Veterinary Allergy (eds C. Noli, A. Foster and W. Rosenkrantz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118738818.ch33

Editor Information

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  3. 4


Author Information

  1. Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary School, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Dermatology Service, Hospital Ars Veterinaria, Barcelona, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672419

Online ISBN: 9781118738818



  • cutaneous skin allergies;
  • dermatophytosis;
  • Malassezia spp;
  • superficial bacterial infections;
  • superficial fungal infections


In dogs, cutaneous allergic diseases have characteristic clinical presentations, which can be suggestive of the underlying aetiology. In cats the presentation of allergic diseases is not, usually, typical of the underlying aetiology. Dogs with allergic skin diseases, including atopic dermatitis and cutaneous adverse food reaction, are predisposed to secondary microbial infection of the skin. This chapter discusses the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of superficial skin infections in allergic cats. The diagnosis of superficial bacterial infections in cats is based on the cytological examination of material collected from the skin surface. Superficial fungal infections described in cats include Malassezia spp. overgrowth and dermatophytosis. In dogs, the most common predisposing factor for Malassezia overgrowth is hypersensitivity disorders, especially atopic dermatitis. Cytological examination is the most useful technique for the assessment of Malassezia density on the skin surface.