Animal Allergy and Dermatology
Service of Connecticut
Diagnosis and Management of Skin Disease and Allergy
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be referred to you?
Dr. Rothstein does not require a referral to examine your dog or cat with skin disease. We ask that medical records and any laboratory work already performed by your regular veterinarian be faxed or brought to your appointment. However, if you are uncomfortable asking for them, we can work without them.
How do I schedule appointments?
When you call the office, you will get specific instructions and important information. It is helpful if your pet's medical records are mailed, faxed or accompany you and your pet to the office visit.
If you feel your pet has an emergency after hours, please call you local veterinarian or emergency service.
What is a veterinary dermatologist?
A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian who has completed specialty training (a residency) in skin diseases of animals. During this training, veterinary dermatology residents see many animals with various clinical problems. Another requirement is publishing a paper in well-known veterinary journal. Once the training is completed, credentials of each resident must be submitted to a special committee for approval. After approval, an extensive multi-faceted examination must be passed to become board-certified. Board-certified veterinary dermatologists, or diplomates, are recognized as one of the eighteen specialties by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Why do I need a veterinary dermatologist for my animal?
There are more than 100 different skin diseases in dogs and cats. Many of these can look similar (redness, scabs, hair loss). Veterinary dermatology involves the sciences of dermatology, immunology, pharmacology AND the art of practice. It is the task of the specialist to use their extensive training to separate out these diseases by knowing the small differences. Also, new diseases and information about old and new diseases are being uncovered rapidly. Understandably, it is difficult for a general veterinarian to keep up with so much new information. Dermatology specialists help your veterinarian with the more difficult diagnoses and treatments.
What diseases can a veterinary dermatologist treat?
Parasite - fleas, mites (Demodex, Sarcoptes)
Allergy - pollens, house dust & house dust mites, food
Immune - mediated - pemphigus, lupus
Infectious - bacterial, fungal (ringworm, yeast)
What are your hours?
By appointment only:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Dr. Emily Rothstein
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology
BOARD CERTIFIED VETERINARY DERMATOLOGIST®