Oh that itch!
Malassezia pachydermatis is a yeast that belongs to the normal skin flora. The yeast is always present in low numbers on the skin of each dog or cat.
The yeast doesn’t cause any problems until the skin flora is disrupted by, for example, another condition such as atopy, allergies, parasites, humidity and other problems that can affect the micro climate of the skin.
DIAGNOSIS. Malessezia can be detected by means of using an adhesive strip of the skin. This is then colored with certain dyes to demonstrate the typical shape. Malessezia can also be diagnosed by cytology. In this process, cells are taken from the skin and examined microscopically. Both methods can often be performed by the veterinarian or animal dermatologist themselves.