Moist/Exudative Dermatoses - Donkey
Moist or exudative dermatitis usually indicates skin inflammation with exudation. Primary or secondary bacterial and fungal skin diseases are the most frequent cause, but some immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease can be responsible. While the exudate remains moist, the hair mats significantly (and may shed either spontaneously or with gentle pulling) but, as the exudate dries out, crusting develops. This needs to be differentiated from scaling (see below). Crusting can be difficult to dislodge and the donkey may resent attempts to pull the crusts off.
- Knottenbelt, D. (2008) Skin disorders In Svendsen, E.D., Duncan, J. and Hadrill, D. (2008) The Professional Handbook of the Donkey, 4th edition, Whittet Books, Chapter 8