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Amy Shumaker

DVM, DACVD
Amy Shumaker
Veterinary Specialist
Dermatology
Amy Shumaker

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2001

Board Certified:

Dermatology

Specialties Include:

Allergies
Cryotherapy
Laser ablation
Chronic ear disease

Dr. Shumaker is a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she completed a one-year rotating medicine and surgery internship at VCA South Shore, and became a member of the General Practice Service from 2002-2005. She then went on to complete a three-year residency program in dermatology at The Dermatology Clinic for Animals in Gilbert, AZ, and became board certified in dermatology in 2008. She was a staff dermatologist at Dermatology for Animals (in Tucson, AZ, Valencia, CA and Campbell, CA) for 8 years, also spending a year and a half during that time at the Animal Allergy and Dermatology Specialists in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Shumaker re-joined the team at VCA South Shore in 2016.

Dr. Shumaker is very excited to be back in the Boston area, and is looking forward to offering innovative dermatology services. These include cryotherapy, or freezing, of benign skin nodules (avoiding the need for anesthesia) and laser ablation procedures for treatment of interdigital follicular cysts and refractory acral lick granulomas. Dr. Shumaker also has a strong interest in treating allergies and chronic ear diseases.

 

Dermatology

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, please call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shumaker

VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street

South Weymouth, MA 02190

Main: 781-337-6622

Fax: 781-337-0069

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Appointments Seen:

Monday - Friday, 7am-9pm
Saturday, 9am-5pm
Sunday, 9am-4pm
Emergency Services Open 24/7

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