Skin Scraping Test in Cats

Skin scraping test for cats

What is a skin scraping test?

A skin scraping test is a diagnostic test to determine the cause of almost all skin disorders in cats.

What is a skin scraping test?

A skin scraping test is a diagnostic test to determine the cause of almost all skin disorders in cats.

There are many possible skin problems that can affect cats including fungal, parasitic, inflammations, infections, cancer, allergies & more. Skin scraping tests can help determine the cause of the skin problem, confirm the presence of inflammatory cells, cancerous cells, bacteria, skin parasites such as mites, parasite eggs, fungi etc.

How is a skin scraping performed?

A skin scraping test us performed using a scalpel blade, which used to gently scrape along the surface of the skin. It is necessary to do this deep enough to reach mites, which often burrow quite deeply. You will see a small amount of blood as a result.

Sometimes skin scrapings will need to be taken from several spots on your cat in order to check for the presence of mites.

Is a skin scraping test painful?

It can cause a little discomfort. But shouldn’t be overly painful for your cat. No pain relief is required to perform the test.

What is being looked at?

Once the sample is taken, it is placed on a microscopic slide & examined under a microscope. Your veterinarian will be looking for signs of fungal infection, mites, cell cytology & bacteria.

What are some diseases and parasites that are tested for with a skin scraping test?

Skin cancer, sarcoptic mange, cheyletiellosis (walking dandruff), ringworm, chiggers, miliary dermatitis, notoedric mange, eosinophilic granuloma complex to name a few.

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