Just like humans, our pets can suffer from a variety of skin and ear diseases. In veterinary medicine, dermatologists treat these issues. A veterinary dermatologist continues extensive training after veterinary medical school in the diagnosis and treatment of animal skin, ear, hair, and claw disorders. Dermatologists obtain significant training and experience in the management of allergic skin disease, which is the most common skin and ear condition in dogs and cats.
The dermatology department at ASH is dedicated to finding the source of your pet’s condition and determining a proper solution. Each treatment plan is tailored to the pet’s specialized needs and sometimes involves a combination of procedures and medicinal, nutritional, and environmental treatments.
Some disorders are more common than others, and without effective treatment, they can frustrate both pet and parent. Without a proper diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan, these afflictions can even develop into serious health issues.
Common dermatology disorders treated at ASH include:
- Chronic and severe skin and ear disease
- Immune-mediated and hormonal skin disease
- Skin manifestations of internal disease
- Parasitic and infectious skin disease
- Claw and claw bed diseases
Dermatology services offered at ASH include:
- Intradermal allergy testing and hyposensitization therapy
- Cytology examination and interpretation
- Bacterial, fungal, and mycobacterial cultures
- In-house biopsy services
- Video otoscopy
- CO2 laser for non-surgical removal of lumps/bumps, cysts and ear flap or ear canal growths/tumors
Our Dermatology department is staffed by board-certified specialist, Dr. Christina Restrepo, along with a team of experienced technicians with specific training in Dermatology. Additionally, Dr. Restrepo is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish.
If you’re thinking of seeing a veterinary dermatologist, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Does your pet constantly lick, chew, bite, scratch, rub, and/or shake his or her head?
- Have you noticed your pet suffers from recurrent scabs, rashes, or hot spots?
- Is there hair loss, scabs, or dandruff/scaling?
- Do you notice a change in the skin or hair coat’s color or texture?
- Is there a bad odor from your pet’s skin or ears?
- Are there growths or lumps/bumps that need to examination?
- Are the claws becoming deformed/misshapen or have discharge, redness, swelling, discoloration, etc.?