Advising Clients on Dealing with Dermatophyte Lesions

November 30, 2016
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Valerie Fadok, DVM, PhD, DACVD, dermatologist in the Veterinary Specialty Team at Zoetis, discusses the best approach to advising a client who believes their pet may have infected them with dermatophytosis.

Valerie Fadok, DVM, PhD, DACVD, dermatologist in the Veterinary Specialty Team at Zoetis, discusses the best approach to advising a client who believes their pet may have infected them with dermatophytosis.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“If clients are infected with dermatophytes, the best advice [you] can give them as a veterinarian is to see their physician. I usually ask them to see a dermatologist, and my rationale in doing that is I have met a few clients who had kittens, and [while] the kittens had no lesions, [one of] the people developed a skin lesion and they went to, perhaps, a general practitioner who wasn’t interested in skin or just was looking at the fact that the family got a new kitten, they wanted to blame the kitten. The kitten didn’t even have dermatophytes.

I think there’s some value in seeing a dermatologist, but at least see your family physician because they can write a prescription that is ideal for use in humans.”