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Bacterial & Fungal Cultures

To perform a bacterial or fungal culture test, the dermatologist takes a sterile swab of your pet’s skin lesion, or plucks several hairs, and submits them to a microbiology lab to assess what infection may be causing your pet’s skin problem. Occasionally, for deeper infections, a tissue sample with a biopsy punch instrument may be necessary.


Performing a bacterial or fungal culture test poses no risk to your pet, and the information your dermatologist gains is extremely valuable. These tests can help us pinpoint which antibiotics or antifungals to use in treating your pet’s infections. This has become more important as we are seeing resistant bacterial infections more commonly, with resistance often seen to many of the traditional antibiotics.