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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 for is publishing a paper in a 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, foodImmune - mediated - pemphigus, lupusInfectious - bacterial, fungal (ringworm, yeast)Hormonal imbalanceEar diseaseNail diseaseSkin cancer
What are your hours?
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