Malassezia spp are a commensal yeast found as part of the normal skin flora of dogs worldwide.
Their pathogenic role may be related to host immune system as well to yeast virulence factors (e.g., phospholipase production and biofilm formation).
Species which are pathogenic to dogs include:
Diagnosis is based on clinical presentation and culture of yeast in the laboratory.
Systemic treatment is usually required with systemic skin involvement.
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