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Our animal hospital offers allergy evaluation and management as part of our extensive specialty veterinary dermatology services. Allergies can cause severely itchy skin in pets. There are four main allergies that affect dogs and cats, including flea allergy, airborne allergy (called atopy), food allergy and contact allergy.

Using basic medical diagnostics, physical examination and a thorough medical and environmental history, our specialists determine the allergy that is most likely affecting your pet. Advanced allergy diagnostics such as intradermal skin testing may be required to confirm a diagnosis. Depending on the diagnosis, our veterinary dermatology specialists will make specific recommendations for treating your pet which may include avoidance of certain foods, environments, or certain surfaces as well as specific flea control measures. They may recommend hyopsensitization (allergy) shots in the case of atopy to help improve your pet's signs. Our veterinary dermatology specialists will create a follow up plan for long term  allergy control. 

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Dermatology

Welcome to VCA Arboretum View's Dermatology Department!

Skin problems are some of the most common reasons owners bring their pet to the veterinarian. Most routine skin problems can be handled by your primary care veterinarian. However, certain skin problems can be challenging to diagnose and treat, and the help of a specialist may be required. Dr. McKay and her Dermatology Technicians are committed to improving your pet's quality of life by providing the best medicine for dermatologic treatments and care. 

While it is important to realize that your pet's skin problems, especially those that have been developing over a period of time cannot be cured overnight, most can be made much more manageable with the help of a specialist.

Services provided by our Board Certified Dermatologist:

  • Diagnosis & Management of Skin & Ear Infections 
  • Complete Management of Environmental Allergies, Food Allergies, & Flea Allergy Dermatitis
  • Intradermal & Serum Allergy Testing for Environmental Allergies
  • Therapies for Environmental Allergies Including Allergen Specific Immunotherapy & Sublingual Immunotherapy 
  • Diagnosis & Management of Parasitic Disorders, Hair Loss Disorders (Alopecias), Autoimmune/Immune Mediated Skin Diseases, Fungal Infections, & Endocrine Diseases
  • Otoendoscopy for the Diagnosis & Management of Ear Disease, Ear Flush Procedures, & Ear Canal Biopsies
  • Skin Biopsy with Histopathology for Diagnosis of Skin Disease


Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Dermatologist?

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a specialist. If your pet has a complicated or difficult problem, your pet may need the care of a veterinary dermatologist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.


Will My Primary Care Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinary dermatologist will work together with your veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practitioner veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary dermatologist.


Did You Know?

Dogs suffer from seasonal allergies just like people, but unlike us, they tend to scratch rather than sneeze when they are allergic to something.

Atopy (allergic inhalant dermatitis) occurs in approximately 10% to 15% of the dog population, usually starting between the ages of 1 and 3 years. 

Did you know that about 1 in 5 itchy dogs and cats have food allergies? 

If you believe your pet is in need of a veterinary dermatologist, please contact us today and we will be happy to help you and your pet. 

Dermatology Welcome Letter & History Form:

Please read our Welcome Letter to better understand what to expect on your first visit and how we can help you and your pet. Please complete the history form prior to your appointment with Dermatology, and bring it with you to your appointment.  

Download Welcome Letter

Download Dermatologic History Form

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. McKay's Food Trial Instructions:

Download Food Trial Instructions

 

Our Dermatology Services

Allergy Management
Autoimmune Skin Disease Management
Dermatohistopathology
Diagnosis and Management of Ear Diseases

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