Alternaria species infection in nine domestic cats
- Charlotte Dye, BVM&S, PhD, DSAM (feline), MRCVS, Doctor1,*
- Elizabeth M. Johnson, PhD, Doctor2
- Timothy J. Gruffydd-Jones, BVet Med, PhD, DipECVIM, MRCVS, Professor2
- 1 The Feline Centre, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol, UK
- 2 HPA Mycology Reference Laboratory, Myrtle Road, Kingsdown, Bristol, UK
A case series of nine domestic cats with culture-confirmed Alternaria species infection is presented, with conclusions drawn regarding signalment, clinical signs, treatment and outcome. Middle aged neutered males were over-represented and all presented with cutaneous lesions involving the extremities (nose, pinnae and digits). Lesions were mainly slow-growing, poorly circumscribed nodules or plaques but some also presented as non-healing wounds. A combination of surgical excision with adjunctive medical therapy appeared to be the most successful treatment option but long courses of medical therapy were generally required and recurrence was common.
- Accepted July 10, 2008.
- © 2009 International Society of Feline Medicine and American Association of Feline Practitioners