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Dermatology

Dermatological problems—diseases of the skin, hair, nails, and ears—are quite common in dogs and cats. There are numerous skin diseases in companion animals that may have a similar clinical appearance, which makes timely, accurate diagnosis imperative—something our board-certified dermatology experts are uniquely qualified to do.

Dermatologists get to the root of the problem

The skin conditions we see

The following is a list of common dog skin conditions and cat skin conditions that we diagnose and treat:

  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Allergic skin disease (atopy)
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Autoimmune skin disease
  • Bacterial skin disease (pyoderma)
  • Ear disease (otitis)
  • Endocrine dermatoses
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Fungal skin disease
  • Genetic and congenital skin diseases
  • Hot spots (acute moist dermatitis)
  • Immune-mediated dermatoses
  • Metabolic skin disease (calcinosis cutis, hepatocutaneous syndrome)
  • Neoplastic (cancer-associated) and paraneoplastic skin disease
  • Nail and/or foot pad disorders
  • Parasitic skin disease (demodicosis, scabies, cheyletiellosis)
  • Pododermatitis (foot disease)
  • Yeast infections

A team approach to managing skin conditions

Skin disorders often reflect underlying medical conditions affecting certain internal organs or body systems. Other skin abnormalities are due to trauma and may require corrective surgical (reconstructive) procedures. Our Dermatology Department works closely with other LIVS specialists when necessary to comprehensively address all the issues associated with your pet’s specific skin or allergy problems.

Consultation and care: What to expect

We start with a comprehensive dermatology consultation that includes obtaining a detailed history of your pet’s condition and a thorough a physical examination. Depending on your pet’s symptoms, we may perform a variety of diagnostic tests that can include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Cytological evaluation (cells are examined under a microscope)
  • Skin biopsy and dermohistopathology evaluation
  • Bacterial cultures and sensitivity testing
  • Hormonal testing , skin scrapings, cytological evaluations, skin biopsies, hormonal testing, or allergy testing.

Long-term management is often required for chronic skin conditions, and our staff of skilled dermatology professionals, which includes dog allergists and cat allergists, provides the ongoing support that your pet—and you—require.

Dermatology Team

Meghan Umstead

DVM, MS, Dip. ACVD