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Melanie Hnot

VMD, MS, DACVD/Dermatology, Fear Free Certified
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Tuesday - Thursday with alternating Friday & Saturday

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Board Certified:


Specialties Include:

Resistant Skin Infections
Ear Disease

My Pets:

Jagger- Dog

Dr. Melanie Hnot was born and raised in New Jersey, but is excited about her recent move to South Florida. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she completed veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete a one year small animal surgery and medicine internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ, and followed this with a dermatology internship at several practices in NJ and PA. She completed her dermatology residency and also received a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 2015. Her special dermatology interests include allergic diseases and otitis.

Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her greyhound and at the beach.

Years in Practice: 11

Education: University of Pennsylvania, 2010, VMD, MS, DACVD

Our Additional Services Offered Services

Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
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Does your pet lick its paws? Is your pet scratching? Does your dog have red scaly skin? Is your cat losing hair?

Our Veterinary Dermatologist, Dr. Melanie Hnot [pronounced-Knot] may be able to help you understand why! Skin diseases can be frustrating for pet owners. There are hundreds of different skin diseases currently recognized in dogs and cats. These disorders may be the result of an infectious, parasitic infestation, or allergic reaction. Many of these diseases look very much alike, with only subtle differences in appearance and history. Uncovering the proper diagnosis can be similar to putting together pieces of a puzzle. Careful attention to details, proper diagnostics and treatment often requires the consultation of a veterinarian with special interest in dermatology.

All of our doctors can help you understand your pet's dermatological issues but certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized training in veterinary dermatology. Dr. Hnot, specializes in the care of animals with skin and ear disorders. Since one of the main causes for skin and ear problems in dogs and cats is allergies, Dr. Hnot also specializes allergic disorders of animals, similar to a human allergist/immunologist.

Your primary care veterinarian may refer you to Dr. Hnot because your pet needs this extra expertise in dermatology to solve your pet's skin problems. She will work with you and your family veterinarian in providing your pet with the best care and service.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.

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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 Hollywood Animal Hospital

2864 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, FL 33020

Main: 954-920-3556

Fax: 954-920-4716

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sat: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm

    Sun: Open 24 hours

Emergency Hours:

Mon-Sat: 7:00PM to 7:30AM
Sunday: All Day for Emergencies Only

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