Canine pyodermas are purulent infections of the skin. There are three classifications of canine pyoderma – surface, superficial and deep.
Surface pyoderma is a very common condition in small animal practice. A survey of 100 small animal vets in the UK found that 7% of all dogs seen in the summer exhibited surface pyoderma.1
In surface pyoderma, infection is confined to the interfollicular epidermal layers of the skin meaning that topical therapies are usually the most appropriate treatment choice. Canine pyoderma is generally associated with staphylococcal infection, principally S. pseudintermedius.
The most common forms of surface pyoderma are pyotraumatic dermatitis (also known as acute moist dermatitis, wet eczema or hot spots) and intertrigo (skin fold dermatitis).
1 = Modus Market Research Report (2007)