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Our veterinary dermatologists routinely diagnose and manage autoimmune skin diseases. These disorders should be suspected if pets have blisters, ulcers or crusts on the skin or near the mucous membranes or if their skin has lost or changed its pigment. Skin biopsies are required to confirm the diagnosis and successful treatment requires the usage of medication to suppress the immune system. Pets with autoimmune skin disease require frequent medication adjustment and they must be carefully monitored in order to avoid medication side effects.

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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.

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 endocrine (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 many can be cured or made much more manageable with the help of a specialist.
The services offered in our Dermatology Department include:

  • The diagnosis and management of allergic skin disease
  • Intradermal and serum testing for aeroallergens
  • Immunotherapy
  • The diagnosis and treatment of ear diseases
  • Video Otoscopy
  • Computer tomography (CT scanning)
  • The diagnosis and management of autoimmune skin disease
  • Removal of skin tumors using a carbon dioxide laser
  • Tissues biopsies

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 general practitioner veterinarian about a referral to VCA VREC.

Our Dermatology Services

Allergy Management
Autoimmune Skin Disease Management
Dermatology Overview

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