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Pruritus is spelled P-R-U-R-I-T-U-S

Pruritus is spelled P-R-U-R-I-T-U-S That's what the 3rd years have been hearing the past couple of weeks in our small animal medicine class. We just finished up one of my favorite areas of medicine: dermatology! I know, I know, dermatology is sticky, smelly, itchy, bloody, contagious, flaky, crusty, frustrating, scabby, and all around gross…but I absolutely love it. As Texans, allergies and itch are second nature to so many of us. Whether it's you or a family member, we all know someone who's seen a dermatologist for allergies, acne, bumps, lumps, etc. What many people don't know is that our pets suffer from the exact same conditions! So, what's there to like about dermatology?  Well, dermatology simply relies on your basic senses: sight, smell, touch, and hearing (absolutely NEVER taste). For instance, in internal medicine we don't necessarily know by seeing or touching the patient if he or she has a liver condition. However, when a dermatology patient walks in the door, th... (Read More)