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Dermatology

Dermatology is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders.

Sharpei dog sitting down
Sharpei dog sitting down

Overview

Dermatological conditions are some of the most common problems your pet can experience. They range from hair loss and nail disorders, to cancer of the skin and tumors.

Why should I consider dermatology work-ups for my pet?

A veterinary dermatologist has a very high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions affecting the mouth, skin, hair or coat, ears, nails, or hooves.

Typical problems include acute and chronic ear infections, tumors, masses, atopic dermatitis, autoimmune skin diseases, cancer, cysts, tumors, chronic bacterial and fungal skin diseases, drug reactions of the skin, environmental allergies, food allergies, hair loss disorders, hormonal skin diseases, insect hypersensitivity, nail disorders, parasitic skin diseases, and skin manifestations of systemic diseases. Appropriate treatment of dermatologic conditions can greatly improve our pet’s health and quality of life.

When should I consider dermatology work-ups for my pet?

If you’re concerned about the quality of life your pet is experiencing, or if a condition or disease has not responded to more general treatment, then it may be time to seek out a veterinary dermatologist. Common signs that something is wrong include: hair loss, redness of skin, scale, and recurring infections. A veterinarian specializing in dermatology has expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of problems including mouth, skin, ear, hair, nail and hoof disorders.

How is my pet cared for during dermatology care?

Treating or managing a dermatological problem will vary, but your veterinarian will work with you in developing a treatment plan that is best suited for your pet’s specific health needs.