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Fungal Examination of the Skin


Species:

All

Specimen:

Plucked hair, skin scrapings, fresh tissue from skin lesions, fungal swab

Container:

Sterile pot, fungal microbiology swab

Collection protocol:

In cases where suspected fungal skin lesions are present, pluck as many hairs as practicable from the periphery of the lesions for mycology examination.

In suspected fungal infections that are inapparent to the naked eye, and negative to Wood's lamp illumination, brush the coat with an unused toothbrush. Collect the hairs and scurf into a container (e.g. by having newspaper under the animal during brushing). Submit the container with samples and the entire toothbrush to the laboratory for mycology examination.

DO NOT use paraffin oil to aid in the collection of these types of specimens.