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Lindsay McKay

DVM, DACVD/Dermatology
Lindsay McKay
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Lindsay McKay

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Total management of allergies including skin testing, serum testing,
and allergen-specific immunotherapy
Diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease, alopecias,
and chronic or recurrent pyoderma, otitis and pododermatitis

My Pets:

Eleanor - Cat
Doug - Dog

Dr. McKay received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Berwyn and VCA Aurora and then completed a three-year residency in Dermatology at VCA Aurora in 2007. She became board certified in dermatology that same year. Dr. McKay has served on several committees of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, including the Credentials Committee. Dr. McKay is also a member of the Chicagoland Veterinary Dermatology Group. She is actively involved in continuing education, co-organizing an annual dermatology conference at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago as well as speaking locally and nationally.

She also enjoys clinical research and has participated in numerous dermatology trials studying novel therapies for canine atopic dermatitis and pruritus. Dr. McKay has also published many articles on various aspects of dermatology. Dr. McKay offers total management of allergies including skin testing, serum testing, and allergen-specific immunotherapy, as well as diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease, alopecias, and chronic or recurrent pyoderma, otitis and pododermatitis. Dr. McKay and her dermatology technicians place a high value on client communication and dedication to excellence in dermatology and look forward to helping dogs and cats with their dermatology needs

Papers Authored
Making a Difference for Dogs with Atopic Dermatitis: When to use Apoquel and when to use Cytopoint

Author: McKay, LW
Published: DVM 360 (2017; July)

Antimicrobial Testing of Selected Fluoroquinolones Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Isolated From Canine Otitis

Abstract: A total of 100 Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) isolates were collected over a 1.5-year period from cases of canine otitis. Sensitivities to enrofloxacin, marbofloxacin, and orbifloxacin were determined using minimum inhibitory concentration testing (MICT).
Author: McKay LW, Rose CS, Matousek JL, Schmeitzel LS, Gibson NM, Gaskin JM
Published: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.  (2007;43:307-312.)

Juvenile Nephropathy in Two Related Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies

Abstract: Juvenile nephropathy has been documented in many breeds. Two related Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies presented at three and five months of age, respectively, for evaluation of lethargy, diarrhoea, poor body condition, polyuria and proteinuria. Based upon the clinical presentation, urinalysis and serum biochemistry, chronic renal failure was diagnosed.
Authored: McKay LW, Seguin MA, Ritchey JW, et al.
Published: Journal of Small Animal Practice. (2004;45(11):568-571.)

What is Your Diagnosis? An Unusual Case of Pulmonary Lymphosarcoma in the Dog

Authored: McKay LW, Levy JK, Thompson MS
Published: American Veterinary Medical Association. (2004;224(10):1587-1588.)

What is Your Diagnosis? Gastric Lymphosarcoma in the Cat

Authored: Williams LS, Levy JK, Thompson MS
Published: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. (2004;224(2):205-206.)

Use of the Anesthetic Combination of Tiletamine, Zolazepam, Ketamine, and Xylazine for Neutering Feral Cats

Abstract:  To evaluate the use of the anesthetic combination tiletamine, zolazepam, ketamine, and xylazine (TKX) for anesthesia of feral cats at large-scale neutering clinics.
Authored: Williams LS, Levy JK, Robertson SA, et al
Published: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. (2002;220(10):1491- 1495.)


What Is A Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist?

A veterinary dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of benign and malignant disorders of the ears, skin, mouth, hair, and nails. A veterinary dermatologist has also had significant training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders in pets.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many routine skin ailments, certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized training in veterinary dermatology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

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.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist in veterinary dermatology about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment.

What Special Problems Does A Veterinary Dermatologist Treat?

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 general practitioner veterinarian. Certain skin problems, however, can be difficult to diagnose and treat and the help of a specialist may be required. These include skin problems associated with allergies, parasite infestations, infectious, autoimmune, and endocrinologic (hormonal) diseases, chronic or recurrent ear infections, diseases of the feet, footpad, or nails, and skin cancers.

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

The following general conditions are among those that frequently require the assistance of a veterinary dermatologist:
  • Parasites
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Systemic Diseases
  • Skin Cancer
  • Allergic Conditions

Most of the allergic disease that occurs in dogs and cats affects the skin. These allergies include reactions to food items (food allergy), air borne and contact substances (atopic dermatitis), and fleas (flea allergy dermatitis). Allergies can be difficult to diagnose and treat and are the kinds of cases where involving a specialist early can not only help diagnose and resolve the problem earlier but also potentially save the pet owner money in the long run.

Will My Regular 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. Pets can even be allergic to the skin dander from other pets in the same household!

If you believe your pet is in need of a veterinary dermatologist, talk to your VCA vet or find a VCA board certified veterinary dermatologist near you.

VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Specialty Services available Monday-Saturday depending on department.

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