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can nematodes put on the garden cause skin conditions in p

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can nematodes put on the garden cause skin conditions in pets?
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Is there a specific nematode you are referring to?

The most common one affecting dogs is roundworms.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My animals are fully protected against the usual things with up to date injections and flea and worm treatment. My husband bought nematodes to kill vine weevil larvae in the garden. Few days later the first of the dogs got crusty sores; it has now spread through all 3 dogs and one of the 4 cats; the vets don`t seem to know what it is since the tests came back negative. The only thing l can think of that is different is the nematodes he put on the garden, although the website stated they were safe to use with pets.

Hi there,

While an infectious cause with all the pets having the signs would be plausible, nematodes would not be considered to be a common or likely cause.

Mites or a bacterial skin infection would be more likely.

This is typically diagnosed via skin scraping and skin culture (biopsy not as common)

Moreover, if your veterinarian can not find the cause - if you wanted to see a specialist, a board certified veterinary dermatologist would be recommended

Your veterinarian can refer you, or you can use this LINK HERE to find one in your area.

These are veterinarians that went through veterinary school, and then did not only at least 1 year of an internship, but then did a 3 year residency ONLY focusing on this speciality to best diagnose and treat conditions such as this.

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