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Old 10-17-2013, 12:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would strongly suspect it's fungal based on what you have described, especially since it got better, and then returned when you stopped with the cream. A fungal culture can definitely be done without a biopsy (you'd just need a skin or nail scraping).

I would push the vet to do cultures, both bacterial and fungal, before going as far as a biopsy. I could only see a biopsy being necessary if they were wanting to look for the specific abnormalities that would be present in something that is inflammation related (like any number of auto-immune diseases - many of which would respond well to steroids) but it wouldn't really be helpful in ruling out bacteria or fungus.
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