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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 Aurora'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. Matousek and Dr. Simpson's primary focus is to improve your pet's quality of life by providing effective treatment and supportive services. 

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 made much more manageable with the help of a specialist.

Services provided by our Board Certified Dermatologists:
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 Subcutaneous Immunotherapy & Sublingual Immunotherapy 
Diagnosis & Management of Parasitic Dermatology 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

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.

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 this form prior to your appointment with Dermatology, and bring it with you to your appointment.  

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Download Dermatology Welcome Letter & History Form

 

Our Dermatology Services

Dermatology Overview
Allergy Management
Autoimmune Skin Disease Management
Dermatohistopathology

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