C T D S - N e w s l e t t e r
Blacksmiths Forge, Brookfield Farm,
J u n e 2 0 0 5
Selby Road, Garforth.
W. Yorks. LS25 1NB
We are pleased to welcome a new face to CTDS. Sarah
Wynne joins us as an additional trainee medical prior antibiotic therapy or the presence of natural urinary
laboratory technician at the start of July. Sarah is set to
bacterial inhibitors (see figure 2 below).
complete her HNC in animal technology this year and has
In feline conjunctivitis cytology can help to identify both
spent some time as a veterinary nurse in both small and
Mycoplasma and Chlamydial infections and give an
indication of allergic disease in addition to assessing the
Enhancing laboratory reports
We have recently improved our email report system so
you now have the choice of reports as email
In skin disease culture and cytology of unruptured
one copy and not (or as a “client fee”
pustules before starting treatment can be both cost-
effective in selecting antibiotics and rapidly identify cases
yes. If you would like a customised report then please
where sterile immune mediated disease should be
call and let us know what you would like to see
In any situation where you wish to combine cytology with
microbiology simply select the test code for the cytology
you require from the pricelist and add C9 for
Both cytology and microbiology are powerful tools in the
microbiology. Culture results will be provided at a
identification of infectious agents. However, in some
reduced fee of £9 per swab, including anaerobic culture
situations using the two in combination can considerably
As ever, if you are not sure which samples to submit or
Recently we were sent swabs from Blue, a 9 year old
which test to ask for do not hesitate to contact us.
Irish setter with a chronic history of otitis externa which
Sampling information is also available on the wesbite at
had recently extended to an otitis media.
The initial microbiology results revealed a moderate
select “Cytology” or go to “Downloads” and select the
bilateral pure growth of Aspergillus fumigatus, a highly
“Guide to Taking Quality Samples” for more information
unusual isolate from a dog’s ears. The
For the investigation of FIP we would recommend the
presence of white plaque-like lesions Figure 1
made a genuine Aspergillus infection a possibility. To
help determine the relevance of the microbiological
findings, cytology of ear swabs were also made and they
revealed the presence of many branching fungal hyphae
consistent with Aspergillus (figure 1 above). The
• Full haematology, comprehensive biochemistry.
presence of growing hyphae confirmed active replication
• FCoV serology and cytology examination.
of Aspergillus within the ear. There are occasional cases
• Fluid cytology included where effusion is present.
of Aspergillus associated otitis media in dogs reported in
• Organ aspirate cytology included where
Blue was being treated with ketoconazole systemically
and clotrimazole topically and has improved significantly.
There are many other situations where combined
cytology and microbiology are helpful. In urinary tract
disease cytology may help to identify infection even
where culture results are negative either as a result of
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