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Small animal disease surveillance: pruritus and Pseudomonas skin infections
  1. Elena Arsevska,
  2. David A. Singleton,
  3. Christopher Jewell,
  4. Susan Paterson,
  5. Philip H. Jones,
  6. Steven Smyth,
  7. Bethaney Brant,
  8. Susan Dawson,
  9. Peter J. M. Noble,
  10. Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno and
  11. Alan D. Radford
  1. Institute of Infection and Global Health
  2. Institute of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Neston CH64 7TE, UK
  3. Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University, Furness Building, Lancaster LA1 4YG, UK
  4. Rutland House Referrals, Abbotsfield Road, St Helens WA9 4HU, UK
  5. University of Bristol, Churchill Building, Langford Campus, Bristol BS40 5DU, UK
  1. * Correspondence to Dr Arsevska, e-mail: e.arsevska{at}

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This report focuses on surveillance for pruritus and Pseudomonas skin infections in companion animals. It begins with an analysis of data on pruritus collected between January and April 2018 from veterinary practices contributing to the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET). The overall prevalence and the spatial distribution of pruritus across Great Britain from April 2017 to April 2018 are presented.

The following section describes confirmed cases of Pseudomonas infections using data collected by SAVSNET from collaborating veterinary laboratories across the UK. This is followed by an update on the temporal trends of pruritus, as well as gastroenteritis and respiratory disease, using data from April 2016 to April 2018 as the baseline.

A fourth section presents a clinical summary on Pseudomonas otitis infections in cats and dogs in the UK. The final section summarises some recent developments pertinent to companion animal health, namely salmonellosis in cats in Sweden and the USA and Campylobacter in dogs in the USA.

Pruritus and pseudomonas skin infections: Report summary

  • Presentation for pruritus comprised 2.2 per cent of cat and 3.8 per cent of dog consultations between January and April 2018.

  • The dorsal parts of the body were the most frequent location for pruritus in cats (27 cent). In dogs, pruritus most commonly affected the ear (37 per cent).

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa antimicrobial susceptibility data were available from 37,673 canine clinical isolates, and 1830 feline clinical isolates. Where a sampling site was recorded, ears were the most commonly recorded site for dogs (71.1 per cent of P aeruginosa isolates), whereas oronasal samples were most common in the cat (36.6 per cent).

  • For dogs, 65.4 per cent of P aeruginosa isolates were sensitive to all tested antimicrobials; for cats 72.6 per cent were sensitive. Tested isolates were most commonly resistant to fluoroquinolones in both dogs (25.0 per cent of tested isolates) and cats (17.7 …

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