When you bring your dog or cat in with skin concerns or an itchy ear or a lump, our vets will often take a sample and check it under the microscope. With itchy skin or ears we are looking for any micro organisms such as bacteria or yeast that could be causing or exacerbating the problem.
This is an important diagnostic step to ensure we institute the right treatment for the condition from the start, ensuring your pet can return to being comfortable as soon as possible. We will also look at samples from lumps. We can often tell if the lump is nasty or not from these samples, although sometimes we do have to send the sample to the pathologist to get a specialist opinion.
Our vets are always happy to show you the microscopic sample too so next time your pet needs this sampling done, please ask us to have a look at the microscopic world!