dvm (18)Animal Dermatology is the study and treatment of all diseases of the skin, coat, ears and nails in animals. These may include but are not limited to allergic, infectious, hormonal, immune mediated(auto immune), congenital, keratinization, neoplastic and idiopathic conditions. Our services include consultation, client education, diagnostics and treatment options such as allergy testing, culture and skin scraping.  Our goal with the care your pet receives will result in improved quality of life by improving your pets skin, coat, ear and nail health.

Diagnosis and treatment of  pet allergies is the most common service provided  by our Veterinary team.  Allergic disease in dogs and cats is a treatable, life-long disease that commonly manifests as skin and ear problems. Allergies worsen as pets grow older, unless there is proper intervention.

Allergic signs can include itching, licking and rubbing which may lead to secondary infections of the skin, feet and ears.  A pet may have one or several allergies, and our doctors are here to help determine what they are and to design specific therapies for your pet. The earlier these problems are controlled, the better the chance your pet may have a happier, more comfortable life  that avoids medication with long-term side effects.

One of our main goals is to educate you about the disease and the disease process affecting your pet.  Increased awareness of your pet’s symptoms may help improve the pet’s quality of life. Ongoing communication between you and our staff is the key to successful treatment of your pets allergies.

Common Dermatology Problems

Disorders involving the skin, hair coat, nails and ears are the most common seen in Veterinary Dermatology. The diseases are often associated with:

  • Allergies
  • Infections affecting skin, ears, feet and nails
  • Parasites
  • Hormonal problems
  • Immune-mediated(autoimmune) disorders
  • Congenital/ hereditary conditions
  • Keritinization
  • Neoplastic diseases
  • Idiopathic disorders
  • Unknown or other disorders