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Identifying the causes of photosensitisation in working farm dogs in New Zealand


Photosensitisation is a skin condition that occurs when light of certain wavelengths reacts with a compound found in the dermal capillaries, resulting in reddening, swelling, hair loss and crusting. Photosensitisation is commonly diagnosed in ruminants.

Recently a number of cases of photosensitisation in working farms dogs have been reported. Although the condition appears to be rare, it is likely to be underreported. Given that the condition is debilitating and painful condition, further work should be done to determine the size of the problem. The aims of the project are to capture information from veterinary practitioners, dog owners, and farmers to determine the scale of the condition.

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