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As a general guide, an animal’s skin should be clean and smooth without any signs of inflammation.

Skin inflammation is relatively common in laboratory animals but is not always obvious due to overlying fur.

Inflammed skin is typically red and swollen, as seen at the base of this mouse's tail.

Question 18

What factors might cause skin inflammation?

  • Infection - For example a virus, bacteria, fungus or parasites.

  • Trauma - For example a fight wound.

  • Pruritus (Itching) - Animal may injure itself scratching.

  • Allergy - Allergic Inflammation.

Skin inflammation can also be caused by a number of research procedures.

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