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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) and is currently on the Organizing Committee for the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum. She is actively involved in continuing education 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.)
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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


VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital

2551 Warrenville Road

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Main: 630-963-0424

Fax: 630-963-0537

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 am

Specialty/Emergency Hours:

The change in hours will not affect our specialty departments. Specialty Services available Monday- Friday by appointment.

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